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Royal Assault for Ronron Trophy in horseracing at Caymanas Park

first_imgThe inaugural running of the Ronron Trophy, in honour of the crack imported filly who won a string of grade-one races for trainer Gary Subratie and owner Kenval Wallace some years ago, is the feature event at Caymanas Park today.The race, a restricted stakes at 1200 metres (non winners of three), will be contested by 12 starters and offers cash incentives to the winning trainer, jockey and groom, thanks to Wallace’s contribution.Top contenders are ROYAL ASSAULT, to be ridden by hot apprentice Linton Steadman for trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes, ROAD WI SEH with O’Brien White, riding for trainer Lorne Kirlew, as well as Wayne DaCosta-trained SILVER CLOUD under title-chasing jockey Robert Halledeen,Richard Azan’s PIZARRO, with apprentice Odean Edwards, and WINGS OF HOPE, to be ridden by former champion, Wesley ‘Callaloo’ Henry, for trainer Harry Parsard.THREERACESFROMEIGHTSTARTSROYAL ASSAULT, who has good speed, has won three races from eight starts, most recent on September 9, staving off fast-finishing WINGS OF HOPE by half a length in a fast-run 1100-metre race.Since then, ROYAL ASSAULT finished a good second from a bad draw to LONG RUNNING TRAIN in a fast-run straight-five race. Returning the convenient mark of 51.0kg, by virtue of Steadman’s 3.0kg claiming allowance, he will not go down easily given these favourable conditions.He can expect stiff competition from the August 8 TOBA Trophy winner, ROAD WI SEH and WINGS OF HOPE. All three are in good nick and should give good account of themselves. ROYAL ASSAULT, however, should rebound and take home the trophy.Other firm fancies on the card are Wayne DaCosta-trained VISION OF GOLD to go one better in the Abbie Grannum Memorial Cup over 1400 metres for native bred two-year-olds; TWILIGHT ROCKET, to finally get it right with Ellis aboard in the opening race over 1300m for maiden four-year-olds and up; stretch-running COLD GROUND, to catch UNBREAKABLE in the fourth over 1820 metres; as well as BLACK BOY in the fifth; and down-in-class DI COBRE are also among the hopefuls to catch speedy WINESHA in the seventh over the straight-five course.last_img read more

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New E. coli case linked to eatery

first_imgMeanwhile, the restaurant remained closed while its 40 employees complete tests to determine whether they were infected. The Health Care Agency has suspended the restaurant’s permit as a precaution. E. coli can be found in the intestines of people and animals and is usually harmless but can sicken people if they eat contaminated food that is not cooked sufficiently. It can also be passed from person to person if someone does not wash their hands properly after using the restroom. Symptoms usually start three or four days later. SANTA ANA – A new case of E. coli infection linked to a Souplantation restaurant has been identified, bringing to 14 the total number of people who have tested positive for the bacterium, Orange County health officials said Monday. The new case, involving an adult customer who was not hospitalized, was reported late Sunday, said Orange County Health Care Agency spokesman Howard Sutter. Three adults and 10 children infected with E. coli had eaten at the Souplantation in Lake Forest between March 23 or March 25. Among them was a 12-year-old girl, who remained hospitalized Monday in good condition, said Denise Almazan, a Children’s Hospital of Orange County spokeswoman. A Souplantation employee who did not report any symptoms also tested positive. 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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African ‘twin sisters’ tackle Chinese football together

first_img0Shares0000Ball control: Jiangsu Suning midfielder and Ghana captain Elizabeth Addo (left) trains with Malawi skipper Tabitha Chawinga in Nanjing © AFP / Matthew KNIGHTNANJING, China, Jun 3 – Tabitha Chawinga and Elizabeth Addo call one another “twin sister” and together they are making waves in Chinese women’s football — while also helping each other acclimatise off the pitch.The African duo are instrumental to the ambitions of Chinese Women’s Super League team Jiangsu Suning, with Chawinga banging in the goals up front and Addo pulling the strings in midfield. The 23-year-old Chawinga is already captain of Malawi and Jocelyn Precheur, Jiangsu’s French coach, is convinced that she is destined for the very top.But it hasn’t been an easy path.Chawinga grew up playing football with boys in her village and was often verbally abused by onlookers who called her a prostitute, saying she was just doing it to sleep with them.The 25-year-old Addo is Ghana’s skipper and a quiet but steely presence who was raised in an area on the outskirts of the capital Accra known as “Survival City” because it is so tough.Compared with that, being professional footballers in China’s league and living in Nanjing, a major city near Shanghai, is a breeze.Tabitha Chawinga (right) stretches during training with her Jiangsu Suning team in Nanjing © AFP / Matthew KNIGHTBut as the only foreign players at Nanjing-based Jiangsu, and with just a few words of Mandarin between them, Addo and Chawinga lean heavily on one another.Neither will be involved at the Women’s World Cup in France when it starts next week because Ghana and Malawi did not qualify, but they will be watching from afar.“We spend a lot of time together, walking in the streets, eat sometimes in a restaurant together if we don’t want to cook,” Chawinga, the chattier of the duo, told AFP.“We joke together. She’s a nice girl to me, she’s like my sister.“It’s the truth — we are just only the two foreigners, and from Africa, so we take care of each other like sisters. We are twins.”– Broken teeth –Neither had been to China before joining Jiangsu, who have lifted one domestic cup this season and are in the semi-finals of the other.Chawinga arrived from Swedish football in early 2018 and has been prolific, hitting 51 goals in 34 games to embellish her reputation as one of the best strikers in women’s football.‘Twin sisters’: Elizabeth Addo (right) and Tabitha Chawinga enjoy a break during training with Jiangsu Suning in Nanjing © AFP / Matthew KNIGHTShe was joined in eastern China by attacking midfielder Addo in March this year, the two reuniting after playing together in Sweden for 18 months.Chawinga laughs at the reaction they get on the streets of Nanjing, where there are few black faces.She said: “Many people look at us and think that maybe we are from the same parents, same house. People look at us a lot, like, ‘Hey, you look similar’.”Their footballing paths also have similarities because they competed against boys when they were younger and were taunted for their love of the game.Chawinga was a goalkeeper but aged 10 got smashed in the mouth by a boy’s knee — “breaking my teeth” — and decided to play as a striker instead.But as good as she was, Chawinga was regularly targeted for insults.“People talk a lot, ‘Hey, she just plays football, look at her, she goes to sleep with the boys’.“But I didn’t care, I knew the truth myself,” she said.There were also objections from her mother.“My mum also used to fight me and say ‘Don’t play football, girls can’t play football with the boys, stop playing football’.“Now she’s very happy for me to play football.”– ‘Careful with my sister’ –Addo arrived in China after stints in several countries including Sweden, the United States and Australia.She and Chawinga have lined up together half-a-dozen times so far for Jiangsu, with Addo setting up three of her friend’s goals and scoring three times herself.“When I have the ball, she knows what I’ll do next,” said Addo.Jiangsu Suning players take a break during training © AFP / Matthew KNIGHT“I know her movement — when she’s ‘flying’ and when she’ll stay.”Addo paused when asked about the prospect of playing against Chawinga in an international.Then she said, smiling broadly: “That would be great, I can’t wait for that day.“But maybe I would mark someone else and I would tell my players, ‘Hey, be careful with my twin sister’.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Man United face competition from PSG in race to sign AC Milan star

first_img Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Top transfer stories from talkSPORT.com targets 1 Liverpool tracking Toulouse youngster ahead of possible January move RANKED LATEST blunder Manchester United are still in the race for AC Milan defender Leonardo Bonucci, but but will have to contend with Paris Saint-Germain.The Italy international is considering his options this summer despite being at the San Siro for only one season. The centre-back is reportedly hungry to play Champions League football again and clubs are interested.Manchester United checked in on Bonucci in June, but it was reported he would prefer a move to PSG.The 31-year-old’s former Juventus team-mate, Gianluigi Buffon, has joined the French champions and Bonucci is keen to follow him. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ center_img Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Bonucci (pictured alongside Antoine Griezmann) is a Italy international targets Gossip Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January IN DEMAND REVEALED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star The bizarre reason why Man United didn’t sign new Liverpool playmaker Minamino But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Manchester United are still in with a chance of signing the centre-back.The Premier League giants have the £30 million needed to buy Bonucci, while they can also easily meet his £130,000-a-week wage demands.last_img read more

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VOODOO VENUE WEEKEND PICTURE SPECIAL – HAVE YOU WON FREE ENTRY AND CHAMPAGNE…..

first_imgWhat another unbelievable weekend at Voodoo Venue, top class entertainment was provided all weekend which ensured huge crowds attending Donegal’s No.1 nightspot all weekend.Every weekend Voodoo Venue in conjunction with Donegal Daily run a picture special competition.One lucky reveller is randomly selected from the pictures above and if your face is circled you’ve just won FREE entry for four and a FREE bottle of champagne on arrival. If your face is circled above then please contact Voodoo Venue via Facebook and claim your prize.Next up for Voodoo Venue is Hijacked Tuesday, it’s been a great night all summer and with the students set to arrive back on the campus the trend looks set to continue.For more information on the entertainment line-up, promotions and nights out at Voodoo Venue check their Facebook page now.https://www.facebook.com/VOOD00venueletterkenny VOODOO VENUE WEEKEND PICTURE SPECIAL – HAVE YOU WON FREE ENTRY AND CHAMPAGNE….. was last modified: September 8th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Entertainmenthome-page featuresnewspicture specialVoodoo Venuelast_img read more

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Poly boys romp to water polo victory

first_imgGIRLS VOLLEYBALL Mayfair 3, Bellflower 0 Senior outside hitter Jill Sorem had 12 kills and eight digs in a 25-20, 25-15, 25-15 Suburban League victory. GIRLS TENNIS Gahr 12, Warren 6 Seniors Suzan Lin and Karina Vega swept their doubles sets and so did sophomore Trista Vega and senior Paola Plaza as the Gladiators (5-3, 2-0) won in San Gabriel Valley League competition. Catarina Vivirito went 3-0 in singles for the Bears. Paramount 11, Lynwood 7 Seniors Belsy Cortez and Maria Arroyo and junior Rocio Ortega each swept their singles sets to lead the Pirates past the Knights in San Gabriel Valley League competition. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Junior 2-meter David Sodeberg tallied four goals and senior attacker Justin Ward added three as the Poly High boys water polo team beat Irvine, 15-3, in nonleague competition Friday evening. Duran Reid did his job in the cage, hauling down nine saves for Poly, which plays host to Lakewood on Thursday in the Moore League opener. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Senior Katie Bos added 12 digs and three aces for the Monsoons (5-7, 2-0), who travel to Glenn on Monday. The Bucs fell to 0-2 in league play. La Mirada 3, Artesia 0 Senior middle blocker Bear Allen-Blaine had eight kills to lead the Matadores (6-2, 2-0) to a 25-16, 25-15, 27-25 Suburban League win at Artesia (3-3, 0-2).| Windward 3, Downey Calvary Chapel 1 Senior outside hitter Elise Van Fossan recorded 22 kills and 21 digs, and senior setter Hilary Van Hofwegen had 25 assists and four blocks, but the Grizzlies (5-1, 0-1) lost 25-16, 26-24, 27-29, 25-17 in Alpha League competition. Downey Calvary Chapel travels to Campbell Hall at 6 p.m. Thursday. last_img read more

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Pupils benefit from couple’s calling

first_img27 March 2012 Last year, matriculants at Quayiya Secondary School in the informal settlement of Zwelihle, outside Hermanus, notched up a 66% pass rate – an impressive achievement , because just a year before the school had been classified by the Department of Basic Education as dysfunctional, with more than two-thirds of its pupils failing the all-important Grade 12. “We take them to art galleries, farms, radio stations, nature walks, and even crazy beach parties. Often experts in the field of interest accompany us.” “This is where we really move beyond the surface and get to know the children. This is where we learn about their hopes and dreams and aspirations.” De Wet is also the founder of the Enlighten Education Trust which works with youngsters between the ages of 15 and 25 in the Overstrand area. A non-profit organisation which focuses on life skills, life enrichment and leadership, De Wet makes it clear that Enlighten is not an upliftment programme. Ivy Ngoqi and Lungisa Qendu are two such pupils. Familiar with the hard knocks of life, they now believe they have a future. Their work recently attracted sponsorship from insurance group MiWay, which supports the Krynauws’ outreach programme with a car and petrol and mobile costs. This remarkable success is largely the result of the dedicated investment of time and interest by Theo and Angie Krynauw, and the partnership they have built with Quayiya’s principal, Nkosilungile Lolwana. The real thrill they receive from their work is seeing the way the children are beginning to believe in themselves and how they start to visualise their own future, full of hope, says Theo Krynauw. At first they would speak to the pupils every Monday during assembly. The couple would arrive at the school with a borrowed public address system and talk to the 1 200 pupils about living a spiritual and motivated life. “It was as if people had given up on it and couldn’t be bothered any more,” says Krynauw. An exceptionally pretty girl, Ivy could also very easily be a Face of Africa model, the Krynauws believe. To help get her modelling career off the ground, which could ultimately help her to achieve her dream of becoming a paramedic, the Krynauws will take her to Cape Town later this year to build a professional modelling portfolio. When the Krynauws moved down to the coast from Pretoria in February 2011 they felt they had a calling, and had their hearts set on becoming involved in the broader community. “There are thousands of youth trapped in townships with limited life experience or with experiences only moulded by township life,” he says. “We look at those young people with potential and through our three interventions aim to expose them to other experiences and the bigger world outside.” “It has been the most thrilling and fulfilling year of our lives,” says Theo Krynauw. Medical help First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. Life has been very difficult for Ivy since her mother died in December, says Theo Krynauw. But she dreams of becoming a paramedic and, with the couple’s help, is working hard towards that goal. The medical needs of the children are not ignored. The Krynauws have negotiated with general practitioners, dentists, optometrists and audiologists in the area to give their time and professional help in the case of emergencies. Out and aboutcenter_img “It is so rewarding to find children with such potential and then to somehow or other connect them with a source to meet their practical needs, be it medicine or bursary money for further studies.” Rather than settle down to a sedate retirement, a couple from Hermanus in the Western Cape has pitched in to change the lives of pupils at a school in an informal settlement and, in so doing, has helped the school to double its matric pass rate in just one year. “Our focus is not on religion but rather on raising the values of the children in general,” says Krynauw. “If a person feels they have value, they start to do valuable things.” Overstrand junior council De Wet was instrumental in launching the junior council eight years ago, and says that in its history Lungisa stands out as the best to date – quite an achievement considering that some junior mayors came from far more privileged and well-educated backgrounds. Two pupils are chosen from the weekly group and are brought in to spend one night with the Krynauws at home. Getting involved in the community Zwelihle is a Xhosa-speaking settlement of some 30 000 inhabitants, most of whom are unemployed. The couple was touched by the plight of Quayiya, which had such a negative public image that nobody wanted to become involved with it. He adds: “For as long as they want us to be involved we will be involved in this school.” “Some members, such as Lungisa, live in shacks while others come from rich families who travel overseas once a year,” says De Wet. Lungisa is junior mayor of the Overstrand Municipality, where Hermanus is situated. Krynauw refers to him as a “remarkable boy” with leadership qualities that have helped him develop into one of the best junior mayors the area has ever produced, according to Theo de Wet, manager of the Overstrand junior council. Lungisa, who excels in maths, hopes to further his studies after matric. If all goes well, and with the help of the Krynauws, he will qualify for a R75 000 bursary from engineering group Aurecon, to offset the costs of a civil engineering degree. “We went up to the school and told them ‘we are here, we are available, how can we help’,” Krynauw recalls. The junior council is racially representative with the 35 members selected from five schools in the area. Junior council members have to undertake at least eight community service delivery projects during their one year term. With a matric pass rate of 32% in 2010, the school had been classified as dysfunctional and seemed to be beyond saving. This was just the challenge the Krynauws were looking for. The first few assembly meetings were soon followed by more practical exercises and now, each week a different group of ten pupils is taken on an excursion to expose the youngsters to something totally outside of their limited life experience.last_img read more

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Ohio Suspends Its Renewable Energy Targets

first_imgOhio lawmakers have passed legislation that puts on hold requirements that utilities gradually increase the amount of renewable sources in their energy mix. The measure, which the governor is likely to sign, gives a study commission two years to look into the issue.Backers of the bill objected to renewable portfolio standards requiring utilities to purchase 25% of their power from renewable sources (including nuclear) sources by 2025.Opponents said the portfolio standards would make electricity more expensive and argued that renewable sources of energy should compete on their own with fossil fuels.The bill doesn’t do away with renewable energy requirements altogether, only puts them on hold. According to a report posted at utilitydive.com, the renewable energy targets will resume in two years unless lawmakers come up with another approach.A San Francisco-based group called SCRECTrade, among others, opposed the bill and said the actual cost to Ohio ratepayers for the renewable portfolio standards would be less than $5 per household per year, SolarServer.com reported.The original law was passed in 2008.last_img read more

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Tripura CM Biplab Deb warns ‘baiters’ in his government

first_imgTripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb quoted mythological character ‘Vibhishana’ to warn his baiters, both in the government as well as the ruling BJP. He said ‘baiters’ have no place in the society.Speaking to mediapersons in Agartala, Mr. Deb neither named ‘Vibhishanas’ nor indicated who they were, but said they would face the heat within two months from now. “They have to go away from the State, they have no place in our society”, Mr. Deb asserted.Though he made a general statement, it was attributed to a few of his ministerial colleagues. The Chief Minister has been speaking hard against his alleged baiters ever since social media platforms and webzines published fake stories about his alleged bitter personal life and purported divorce suit in a court at Delhi.Biplab Kumar Deb and his spouse came down heavily against circulation of fake news and even threatened to slap defamation case against those responsible. A freelance journalist was arrested and cases were registered against several individuals, including State Congress vice-president Tapas Dey, for posting fake news about the personal life of Chief Minister and his spouse.The Chief Minister was also unhappy with some leaders and ministers for remaining non-functional during the election campaigns for two Tripura Lok Sabha constituencies. Earlier, Bipalb Deb had quoted ‘surgical strike’ to hint actions he was contemplating against unnamed people in his party and the government.last_img read more