Nunes holds key to Ahwofah sprint

first_imgTopline trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes holds a strong hand with ROYAL ASSAULT and BERRA- CA in today’s Ahwhofah Sprint over 1200 metres at Caymanas Park, the overnight allowance feature attracting 14 starters.Despite the large field, which also includes the fleet-footed TALENTED TONY K, ROYAL ASSAULT and BERRANCA – the mounts of top apprentices Linton Steadman and Dane Dawkins, respectively – are standouts and could form the quinella.The 4-y-o filly BERRANCA has been a model of consistency, and with a mere 48.5kg, will have lots of supporters. She finished a good second to CRUCIAL APPEAL over the round-five course on October 8, and three weeks earlier, chased home the progressive 3-y-o colt CHACE THE GREAT in a fast-run sprint.Although tempting at the weights, BERRANCA lacks the proven class of stable-companion ROYAL ASSAULT, who, despite having his first race since winning over 1100 metres on June 10, will report razor sharp, having turned in bullet work after bullet work in his preparation.The 4-y-o colt by Blue Pepsi Lodge out of Maken Joy has won twice from five starts this season, and even in defeat, has turned in quality performances against the likes of former champion sprinter POTCHEEN, CAMPESINO, and BUZZ NIGHTMARE.Back in action from the convenient mark of 54.0kg, ROYAL ASSAULT, who has good speed, can definitely return on a winning note. I expect him to stave off the consistent BERRANCA.Elsewhere on the 12-race programme, which commences at 11:30 a.m., PONTIUS PILATE, who was purchased for the record price of $5 million in last year’s TOBA yearling sale, should make a winning debut for Nunes and champion jockey Shane Ellis in the third race over 1200 metres for maiden two-year-olds.A bay colt by Forest Danger out of Sea Treaty, PONTIUS PILATE has moved impressively at exercise, and this half-brother to three derby winners should get off the mark immediately in a field of seven.Other firm fancies on the card are BROOKLYN in the second race, DASH BOARD in the fourth, JUNIOR DON in the fifth, and DEMOLITION BOY in the sixth.last_img read more

AFL Assured of Better Budgetary Support

first_imgHouse Committee Chair on National Defense, Rep. George S. Mulbah, has assured authorities at the Ministry of National Defense (MOD) that the next budgetary year would be huge to benefit personnel of the new Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).According to the Bong County lawmaker, the campaign to increase the budgetary allotment for the MOD vis-à-vis the AFL is to ease constraints the soldiers have endured over the years, thus excluding them from undertaking, and or accessing training in specialized areas. Since the restructuring of the new AFL in 2006, the numerical strength of enlisted men and personnel of the Army has remained constant owing to “inadequate” budgetary allocation at the National Legislature.Rep. Mulbah made the statement Wednesday, February 26, during program marking the official turn over ceremony of engineering equipment to the AFL. The equipment comprising pieces of earth-moving machines, mixers, excavators, etc were donated by the Government of the People’s Republic of China to the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) and the people of Liberia. The ceremony, which was held at the Barclay Training Center (BTC) on UN Drive in Monrovia, brought together an array of government and members of the international community.“If the Government of China had not made it possible for us to get these equipment, we would have been complaining to the Legislature for budgetary allotment for several other things including military hardware in the next fiscal year budget. This year budget will be the budget of the AFL, and this is the time Liberia will take full responsibility of the army,” Rep. Mulbah declared.Chairman Mulbah, however, promised to work with the AFL stating, “We will campaign in the Legislature for increment of the AFL budget.”Turning over the keys of equipment to the Acting Chair of the Cabinet, Internal Affairs Minister, Morris Dukuly, Chinese Amb. Zhang Yue said, “In the past decade, China has been active in assisting the Liberian Government and the people in their endeavors to reconstruct their country. We take Liberia’s development a priority, as our assistance is aimed at bringing tangible benefits with the development of bilateral relations, the exchanges and cooperation between the people’s Liberation Army of China and the AFL.” According to him, ever since 2004, through mutual military exchanges and cooperation, Chinese Ministry of National Defense has provided the Liberian side with nearly US$10 million worth of military assistance and 194 training slots.“In the coming month, seven AFL officers and soldiers will be going to China to join the new training program.”He disclosed that China appreciates the achievements made by the Liberian Government to develop national economy, speed up infrastructure construction and bring benefit to ordinary people.“According to the Protocol Signed between China and Liberia, Chinese government not only has provided the Liberian side with engineering equipment on gratis (free) to the value of US$4M, and also will send an engineering experts team to Liberia to work with the Engineering Company of AFL.”The team, he said, will arrive in Liberia in early next month. Ambassador Zhang also noted that it was not only of the hardware, but of the capacity that will enhance AFL to contribute to Liberia’s social and economic recovery; raise AFL’s profile in terms of civil-military relations.Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly, who received the keys to the equipment on behalf of  President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, expressed gratitude to China for the level of partnership and support giving to the Liberian Government in her post-conflict recovery drive.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Aureus Mining to Begin Gold Production in Liberia Soon

first_imgAUREUS Mining, a mineral company prospecting for gold in Grand Cape Mount County, is expected to begin full production in July next year, the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) David Reading said.Giving the assurance on October 27, at the Lands, Mines and Energy Ministry during a press briefing, Mr. Reading disclosed that from what it has discovered, Aureus Mining will be producing 120,000 ounces of gold each year and providing employment opportunities for 300 Liberians.Mr. Reading said he is impressed by the level of progress made and emphasized that the mine will be the largest commercial gold mine in Liberia.Mr. Reading added that though impressive progress is being made, there are logistical challenges that his company needs to overcome such as poor infrastructure that creates difficulty in moving logistics to the site.Mr Reed said he looks forward to the level of cooperation that would ensure that the country benefits from the proceeds of this valuable resource.He appealed for the cooperation of Liberians as well as the government to overcome additional challenges moving in of logistics and people into the country safely.Regarding the expected revenue intake, Mr. Reading said an ounce of gold may be sold for US$150, underscoring that more revenue generation could be derived from the price of the commodity.He disclosed that the company obtained a loan of US$250 million for its investment in Grand Cape Mount County. Mr. Reed did not name the bank providing the loan facility.Speaking earlier, Lands, Mines and Energy Minister Patrick Sendolo said the gold mine will be the first commercial gold mine in the country.He said this development has for a long time been going on and significant progress has been made there to ensure the mine will be in full operation soon.He indicated that despite the health crisis the Liberian Government is trying to do all it can in the mining sector so that Liberians will not lose hope.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Pep Guardiola challenges Man City superstars to keep improving

first_img smart causal REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? no dice Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade shining possible standings 2 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Pep Guardiola believes his Manchester City players must keep on improving because critics expect them to beat team so easily.Last season, City romped to the Premier League title, finishing 19 points above Manchester United with a record number of points. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won However, this campaign has been somewhat more subdued with Wolves coming close to claiming a shock victory last weekend.For Guardiola, who has now won 26 major pieces of silverware in a managerial career lasting less than a decade, the objective for his superstars is to keep improving on a weekly basis.A 2-1 victory over a stubborn Newcastle United side on Saturday was the perfect start as they got back to winning ways to keep the pressure on league leaders Liverpool.“Football every day is different,” Guardiola explained to talkSPORT’s Dom McGuinness. City beat Newcastle 2-1 thanks to goals from Sterling and a screamer from Walker Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Latest Premier League News silverware “We have to be better today, in these 90 minutes than the opponent and in all the games we were better.“So, unfortunately, this last game we could not win for our fault for many reasons, but for the quality of the opponent.“Today again, we concede one shot on target and one that’s happened, we have a lot of chances to win games.” Guardiola wants to see his City players improve on a weekly basis Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 2 “I’m quite satisfied with how we handled them [Newcastle United] you know? After what happened last season, we had the World Cup, go and win the Community Shield and have ten points,“I think especially the way we played; every game we were better than the opponents.“I always speak to the players and say ‘Don’t think about how many goals you have to score or having to be perfect’. huge blow Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REVEALED last_img read more

DD LOCAL: NEED A VENUE? BOOK YOUR PARTY AT THE CPI CENTRE IN CASTLFINN

first_imgCastlefinn Community NotesWhist: 9/7/2014Ladies. 1st Patsy Mc Granaghan, Castlefinn 176 2nd Mary Lafferty, Ballybofey 172. 3rd Geraldine Vambeck, Lifford 169 Gents. 1st Patsy Mc Daid, St Johnston 174. 2nd Angus Stewart, Lifford 162. 3rd Maeve Walsh, Killygordon 1601st Half: TieKathleen Duffy, Stranorlar 84 and Bridie Campbell, Castlederg 822nd Half: Patsy O Hagan. Cloghfin 85 Snowball:Next week’s snowball is 183 or better for 100 euro.Everyone welcome to attend.Jewellery Making:Jewellery making class’s continue on Tuesday the 15th of July at 7pm to 9pm and will also be extended for a further 3 weeks. For further information please contact Mary in the CPI centre on 074 – 9143976Men on the Move:Congratulations to all who participated in the Men on the Move program as it finishes for the summer.Golf Classic: The St Vincent de Paul Golf Classic is this Sunday the 13th of July at the Strabane golf club.For more details call John at 087 135 7450Parties:Parties can be booked at the CPI in CastlefinnIn need of a venue just contact the CPI centre on 074 9143976Bookings for midweek are subject to schedule at the centreWeekend (Saturday and Sunday) bookings range from 1pm to 3pm, 3.30pm to 5.30pm, 6.00pm to 8.00 pmCost 80 euro.DD LOCAL: NEED A VENUE? BOOK YOUR PARTY AT THE CPI CENTRE IN CASTLFINN was last modified: July 10th, 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:CPI CentreDD LOCAL: CastlfinnFeaturesnewsNoticeslast_img read more

Beane’s 31 Points Sinks Men’s Basketball At SIU, 75-60

first_imgStory Links CARBONDALE, Ill. – Anthony Beane, the Missouri Valley Conference’s second leading scorer, scored 31 points to push SIU past the Drake University men’s basketball team, 75-60, Saturday afternoon at SIU Arena.Drake (6-20, 1-13 MVC) was led by junior Kale Abrahamson’s (West Des Moines, Iowa) 15 points, his most in MVC play on 5-of-10 shooting. Ore Arogundade (Chicago, Ill.) continued his strong play with 11 points and a team-high nine rebounds to match a career high. Dominik Olejniczak (Torun, Poland) added 10 points on 5-of-5 shooting.Beane’s 31 points for SIU (20-7, 9-5 MVC) came on 12-of-20 shooting along with six rebounds. Bola Olaniyan added a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double in the win. The Salukis converted on 50.9 percent of their shots in the game and pulled away by converting at 55.6 percent clip in the second half.”Anthony Beane is really good, he makes hard shots and one guy can’t try to guard him,” said Drake head coach Ray Giacoletti. “His athleticism hurt us tonight, but our guys fought.”Olejniczak scored eight of his points in the first half as he was 4-of-4 from the field. The Bulldogs took a 12-10 lead eight minutes into the period of a Nick McGlynn (Stoughton, Wis.) putback that capped a 9-0 run for the Bulldogs. But, SIU fired back with a 17-2 spurt that saw six different Salukis score to give SIU a 27-14 lead with 5:29 left in the period. “The first half we were a mess offensively,” Giacoletti said. “We couldn’t get into anything and couldn’t get an entry. They took it away and you have to play through that. We didn’t do a good job of that and took bad shots.”Three points from Casey Schlatter (Iowa Falls, Iowa) in the final 90 seconds of the period pulled the Bulldogs within seven points but a three-point play from Mike Rodriquez gave SIU at 10-point, 37-27, lead at halftime.Schlatter, making his second career start, finished the game with seven points, five rebounds and two assists.Drake opened up the second half by shooting 54 percent from the field in the first eight minutes and got as close as six points, but Beane scored nine points during that span to keep SIU’s lead in double-digits for the majority of the time. With less than 10 minutes left in the contest, a Beane three-pointer started an 11-3 run the built up a 16-point, 64-48, lead with 6:36 left.A pair of baskets from Abrahamson with less than three minutes left twice got the Bulldogs within 11 points, but the Salukis, and especially Beane, continued to make shots to earn their 20th win of the season.Drake returns home for its next contest on Wednesday, Feb. 17, against Evansville. Tipoff at the Knapp Center is scheduled for 8 p.m. with the game airing on MVC TV affiliates.Print Friendly Version ESPN 1350 MVC TV Listen Live Watch Live Evansville 2/17/2016 – 8:00 PM Preview Buy Tickets Next Game:center_img Photos Full Schedule Roster Box Score (PDF) Box Score (HTML) last_img read more

Rhine Named First MVC Player of the Week

first_imgThis is the 10th career MVC Player of the Week for Rhine, which ties her with former Drake legend Wanda Ford for the fourth most selections in MVC history. Rhine won the award six times last season and three times during the 2017-18 season. Rhine picked up right where she left off from last season, helping Drake to a 2-0 opening weekend with wins over pair of NCAA Tournament teams, South Dakota State and Iowa State. She averaged 24.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.0 block and 1.0 steal while shooting a blistering 71.3 percent from the field, 75.0 percent from deep and 81.3 percent from the free throw line in the home victories. Rhine and her teammates play another 2019 NCAA Tournament team in South Dakota on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in Vermillion, S.D. Print Friendly Version Against the Jackrabbits, Rhine finished with a game-high 25 points and added seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks. She scored eight key points in the final period to help off the 2019 NCAA Sweet 16 squad. Rhine followed that great performance with another one against the Cyclones in the annual in-state contest. She led all scorers with 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting to go along with a game-high nine rebounds. Rhine connected on 3-of-4 three-point tries (matching her career-high for makes). ST. LOUIS – Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) of the Drake University women’s basketball team is the first Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week this season, the MVC office announced Monday, Nov. 11. It marks the second-straight year, Rhine, has won the league’s weekly honor to start a seasonlast_img read more

PML Daily Premier League team of the Week 36

first_imgCity has now scored 103 goals in the league this seasonManchester City continued their hunt to break more records as they registered their 30th win of the season thanks to a 4-1 victory over West Ham. Their neighbors United made life hard for the selves before winning late against an under strength Arsenal side and Muhammad Salah did not score for the first time in nine game.Southampton beat Bournemouth to edge closer to Premier League safety, West Brom defeated Newcastle to hold on to survival hopes, and Crystal Palace recorded a 5-0 win over Leicester to move further clear of the relegation zone.  Burnley’s participation in the Europa League next season is almost confirmed after they drew 0-0 at home to Brighton, Liverpool drew with Stoke at home and Everton beat Huddersfield.Here are the 11 players that stood out according to PML Daily correspondent Shaban Lubega.GK. Ben Forster (West Bromwich Albion).The Englishman features in my team of the week for the second time this season as he made two saves in West Brom’s 1-0 win over Newcastle, just their second clean sheet in 13 Premier League games.If somehow West Brom pull off the great escape, moment by Forster like the reaction save from Dwight Gayle on Saturday will forever live in the Baggies fans’ memories.RB. Joel Ward(Crystal palace).What a clearance off the line by the Palace full-back against Leicester.Ward made two tackles, two interceptions and 36 passes in Palace’s victory on Saturday, also helping the Eagles keep a clean sheet.CB. Cesar Azpilicueta(Chelsea).Azpilicueta commanded the defence in Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Swansea, with no Blues player having more touches (97) or playing more passes (85).He has been immense for Chelsea in a season of mixed fortunes and the Spain international has hardly missed a fixture.CB. Konstantinos Mavropanos (Arsenal).Stellar performance by the young Greek at the heart of the defence for a below per Arsenal against Manchester United on Sunday.Never gave Lukaku a sight on goal and cannot be faulted for any of the goals conceded. Could he be the long term solution to Arsenal’s central defence issues?LB. Erik Pieters (Stock City).Kept Mo Salah at bay all day long, something that had proved impossible in the past few weeks as the Egyptian kept on finding away on to the score sheet week in and out.MF. Fernandinho (Manchester City).Against a very ordinary West Ham, Fernandinho was as regular and as dependable as Greenwich Mean Time. You can’t get more dependable than that.Along with scoring City’s fourth goal, Fernandinho made four tackles – the most of any City player.MF. Idrisa Gana Gueye (Everton).Along with scoring Everton’s second goal away to Huddersfield on Saturday, Gueye had the best passing accuracy of any Toffees player (85.2%). He also made six tackles and four interceptions.Gueye scored one of Everton’s two goals at HuddersfieldMF. James McArthur (Crystal Palace).The midfielder scored one and assisted the other as Palace cruised to a comfortable 5-0 win over Leicester City on Saturday.FW. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).Sterling provided three assists in a single game for the first time in his career for either club or country against West ham.The rest of his game has come on so much under Pep Guardiola but his finishing still needs so much work.Sterling made a hat trick of assists against West HamFW. Dusan Tadic (Southampton).In a very tense affair against Bournemouth, Tadic – who somehow refused to let the occasion get to him – kept his nerve. Southampton’s players played as if their contracts depended on it, and Bournemouth looked determined to send their rivals down. It was a great watch and the best team won. Just about.FW. Wilfred Zaha (Crystal Palace).Zaha was in electric form against Leicester in a game where he made every attempt to stay on his feet. Playing like this he will not only enhance his status as a professional but win the respect of his peers. A performance matched by an excellent attitude. Please keep it up.Zaha scored twice in Palace’s 5-0 win at home to LeicesterCoach: Darren Moore (West Brom).In just four games, Moore (W2 D2 L0) has won more Premier League games for West Brom than Alan Pardew (W1 D5 L12), and as many as Tony Pulis (W2 D4 L6) did for the Baggies this season.Liecester may have pulled off one the greatest escapes under Nigel Pearson   if West Brom can do likewise, am afraid we may all forget about the Foxes.Comments Tags: premier league team of the weeklast_img read more

Absa centres to connect entrepreneurs

first_img25 November 2013Absa, the South African subsidiary of Barclays Africa Group, launched its flagship entrepreneurship centre in Newtown, Johannesburg, last week.With eight entrepreneurship centres now in operation across the country, the bank’s objective is to develop small businesses by not only training their owners in financial literacy, but also by mentoring them, providing them with networking opportunities, guiding them on business infrastructure and offering HR expertise.“The goal we have set ourselves in the SME sector requires us to be more than simply a financier of new start-ups,” Wendy Lucas-Bull, Barclays Africa chairperson, said in a statement accompanying Wednesday’s launch. “It requires us to play a meaningful role by supporting entrepreneurs beyond just their financial needs.“Funding is of course vitally important, hence our R250-million commitment this year to help SME businesses prosper that typically would not meet normal lending criteria,” Lucas-Bull added.According to the bank, one of the largest obstacles facing small businesses is not financial, but rather access to markets. The ability to penetrate existing markets, or create new ones, is the difficulty they face when having to compete with established businesses.The bank said it also recognises that the high failure rate among small businesses is because of a lack of business management skills, which is why its entrepreneurship centres also provide computers with internet access for processing business requirements quickly and efficiently.“Unique to these centres is that SMEs are offered Absa’s procurement portal, which is a virtual marketplace that links SME suppliers with blue-chip companies and government bodies, to encourage corporates to buy more services and products from SMEs,” Lucas-Bull said. “To date there are over 19 000 SMEs and 3 000 corporate buyers registered and actively using the portal.”Also speaking at the launch of the Newtown centre, Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau said it was important to “capitalise on Newtown’s history as the original business centre of Johannesburg and a hub of exchange”.Speaking at a recent gathering of Kenyan small business owners organised by Barclays Africa Group, Happy Ralinala, Absa’s head of business banking South Africa, reiterated the bank’s commitment to facilitating market access for small businesses across the continent.“Our intention is to connect the African continent and promote intra-Africa trade among SMEs,” Ralinala said. “While funding and skills development are key to helping SMEs succeed in running their small enterprises, creating connections and giving them access to markets, information and non-financial support is crucial to the success of these businesses.”The partners involved in Absa’s enterpreneurship initiative include the City of Johannesburg, Telkom, Microsoft, the South African Revenue Service, South African Breweries, the Gordon Institute of Business Science, auditing firm KPMG, cash and carry outlet MassCash, the SA Institute of Professional Accountants, the SA Bureau of Standards, the Sustainable Entrepreneurship Accelerator and Proudly South African.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Cricket: This is why Ravichandran Ashwin is the best spinner in Tests

first_imgThe emergence of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav has diminished Ashwin’s role in the limited overs squad, but his expertise and experience with the red cherry still makes him a top player in the test setup for the years to come. The 31-year-old gained an admirer in the form of former England spinner Graeme Swann who claimed that Ashwin is the best when it comes to the longest format of the game. In an interview with Sony ESPN and BBC Match Special, the retired cricketer gave his opinion on the current set of off-spinners along with his thoughts on the Kings XI Punjab skipper. Swann said:“Ashwin is easily the best off-spinner in the world, his record in the subcontinent is phenomenal and I loved the way he bowled t Edgbaston (in the first Test). Australia’s Nathan Lyon has come up brilliantly and I am impressed by the fact that he has been successful back home. “While keeping the Indian offie at the pinnacle, The 39-year-old rated Rashid Khan higher than Ashwin when it comes to limited overs and admitted that England have struggled to get in a quality spinner ever since his departure from the game.“Yes, he is the best in Test cricket but in T20s you can’t look beyond Rashid Khan. He has a fast arm, great googly and is a brilliant story as well. Rashid is just a very exciting cricketer and I would love to see him be successful in tests as well.”While Ashwin’s participation in the fourth test at Southampton remains under a cloud of uncertainty due to injury, the former Chennai Super Kings’ core member has been one of the most consistent performers for the visitors in this tour so far. AdvertisementImage Courtesy: SportsWikiRavichandran Ashwin has evolved to be one of the key players in the test squad for the Men In Blue for a while. The off-spinner’s contributions have led India to notable victories over the years. Advertisement Read Also:Virat Kohli reminisces Rakshabandhan with a throwback pictureKL Rahul bumps into Chelsea’s N’Golo Kantelast_img read more