Trainers reject CTL increase, vote to withhold nominations

first_imgMembers of the United Racehorse Trainers’ Association voted unanimously yesterday to withhold nominations for this Saturday’s Emancipation Day race meet at Caymanas Park (and beyond) as a protest against Caymanas Track Limited’s (CTL) failure to grant a 10 per cent purse increase demanded by them.Nominations for Saturday’s racemeet, the 11th annual Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission raceday, are due today.The trainers, who have received the backing of the Laurence Heffes-led Jamaica Racehorse Owners’ Association, had rejected a five per cent increase by CTLat an emergency meeting on Wednesday, July 1.The trainers immediately wrote to CTL’s chief executive officer, Cedric Stewart, outlining their position and in his reply on July 21, Stewart said that “after further discussions and negotiations, CTL has been instructed to now make an offer of 7.5 per cent purse increase effective August 1, 2015 (appro-ximately $44 million).”offer rejectedThis offer was flatly rejected by the Dale Murphy-led United Racehorse Trainers’ Association at yesterday’s meeting at Caymanas Park. The trainers have said that they will not accept less than 10 per cent this year and 10 per cent as of April 1 next year.The four-week ultimatum ends today, and according to Murphy, “We have had several meetings with the CTL board and management for months but our proposals have fallen on deaf ears.”Meanwhile, CTL’s chairman, Christopher Brown, and deputy chairman, Andrew Azar, both expressed the view that CTL is not in a position to offer more than 7.5 per cent at this time.”Although CTL has cut losses this year and is in a better position with sales looking up for the past three months, I think it is very, very unfortunate for the stakeholders to be asking for 10 per cent at this time,” Brown said.He added: “Fact is that CTL currently owes $1.2 billion to entities, such as United Tote, NYRA, McKay Security as well as the simulcast and cable providers … We are now on the brink of total collapse and appeal to the stakeholders for better understanding in the circumstances.”Azar was more blunt in his response: “Since divestment is on the horizon, to lock it down at this time is irresponsible. If they want to lock it down, then lock it down,” he stated.last_img read more

Finance Minister in Trouble with S/Court

first_imgAfter arbitrarily (randomly) reducing the 2013/2014 budget of the Judicial Branch of Government, the Supreme Court of Liberia has summoned Finance Minister Amara Konneh and all of his  deputies.In a release dated April 15, 2014, the High Court said Minister Konneh, his deputies and the Acting Comptroller-General have been instructed to  appear before the Full Bench of the Honorable Supreme Court today, Wednesday, April 16, by 9 a.m.According to the release, the Finance Ministry’s executives are to show cause, if any, why they should not be held in contempt for “arbitrarily reducing the 2013/2014 budget of the Judiciary in total violation of the Judiciary and Financial Autonomy Act.”The Ministry’s officials, according to the Supreme Court, have been advised to appear along with their lawyers as they will be required to comment on their “reported deliberate” refusal to make available 10% of the cost to the implementation of the “New Jury” law, which action, they (the Supreme Court) said, has resulted in the non-application and enforcement of the law.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Conte a fan of Alexis Sanchez and Vidal

first_img0Shares0000“I think there is this maybe this habit here, but I’m not involved in the transfer market, I give my opinion but the club decide for the players they want to buy, to invest in,” Conte said ahead of Wednesday’s clash against Arsenal.Photo/COURTESYLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 3 – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has voiced his admiration for Chilean duo Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal, but admits that he’s not in charge of transfers.Blues director Marina Granovskaia will be the one making any new signings at Stamford Bridge, with Conte going as far as to change his phone number. “I think there is this maybe this habit here, but I’m not involved in the transfer market, I give my opinion but the club decide for the players they want to buy, to invest in,” Conte said ahead of Wednesday’s clash against Arsenal.Bayern Munich’s midfielder Arturo Vidal kicks a penalty during the UEFA Champions League 1st leg quarter-final football match against Real Madrid in Munich, southen Germany on April 12, 2017“I changed my number. I don’t have this problem. In this period for us it’s very difficult, but it’s right for the club to be involved 100 per cent in the transfer market and to try to do the best for the team and for the club and I’m ready to face every situation.“We must stay calm. I don’t like to speak about other players of other teams but you are talking about two big and strong players, top players for their roles, and Vidal is one of the best in the world but Sanchez is the same as a striker.“I think that we must be ready for all and to work on the pitch and also to work on the transfer market but you have to understand what your role is in the club, I’m very focused on the pitch to try to improve my players and the transfer market is for the club.“I trust in my club and I’m sure they will take the best decision for the team. In this case when I tell that I give my opinion to the club, I try to tell where are the roles we can improve also on the numerical aspect because in some roles we don’t have a couple of players.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

DD FOOD: MOVE OVER TO THE DARK SIDE

first_imgDD FOOD – MOVE OVER TO THE DARK SIDEQuality dark chocolate is rich in beneficial minerals and is known to be good for your skin, improve blood flow and boosts brain power.But you need to choose dark chocolate with 70% or higher cocoa content. Dark chocolates often contain some sugar, but the amounts are usually small and the darker the chocolate, the less sugar it will contain.A good dark chocolate is rich in Fiber, Iron, Magnesium, Copper and Manganese.Dark chocolate is a good energy source because it releases sugars slowly into the bloodstream and does not elevate insulin levels.According to a UK report in 2007, Ireland has the highest per capita consumption of chocolate in the world. You can order international award-winning chocolates online if the supermarket variety isn’t for you.But we couldn’t wait that long.MOSER ROTH DARK CHOCOLATE 70% (ALDI)€1.19 for 125gVery moreish, even after two squares….definitely one we would buy again.Tesco Ecuador & Ivory Coast 85%99c for 100gBitter and intense but one square was enough with a coffee. No bad thing.Asda Extra Special Ivory Coast & Dominican Republic 85% £1.79 for 100gStrong fruity flavour and just a little cloying. Lindt Excellence Dark 70% €2.69Smooth taste but didn’t stand out as much as expected.Green And Black’s Organic 70% Dark Chocolate Bar 100G €2.00Smooth, lovely balanced flavour.DD FOOD: MOVE OVER TO THE DARK SIDE was last modified: May 29th, 2016 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:dark chocolateDonegal Daily Foodtaste testlast_img read more

Naby Keita: How did Liverpool’s new midfielder fare in his opening game?

first_img It was a stress-free game for the home team England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won possible standings shining Keita made his long-awaited Liverpool debut against the Hammers His first-half performance impressed some Liverpool fans on Twitter but what was the £52m man’s overall performance like?Keita needed a few minutes to settle in but he was soon in the thick of the action on seven minutes when he produced a good ball to Salah but the chance fizzled out after the Egyptian’s ball to Roberto Firmino was intercepted.However, Keita continued to find more joy going forward and on 19 minutes he received the ball in a dangerous area before gliding past two chasing Hammers players.Keita then had the composure to find Andy Robertson, whose simple ball across the box found Salah who kicked the ball into an empty net. 3 Latest Liverpool FC News smart causal Liverpool should have had their second when Salah’s effort from six yards out was saved by Fabianski. Again, Keita played a key part in the move – finding Mane with a good pass which eventually led to the chance.But Mane made it two on the stroke of half-time after some brilliant work from James Milner.After the break, Liverpool got their third and there was definitely less of an onus on Keita to make his driving runs.He appeared to drift out to the left flank a little more as Klopp gave the likes of Sturridge and Shaqiri a run out. It’s all smiles at Anfield as Liverpool opened their 2018/19 Premier League season in style after racing to a 4-0 victory over West Ham.PFA Player of the Year Mohamed Salah got the ball rolling with an easy tap-in before fan favourite Sadio Mane put the Reds two-up just before half-time. REVEALED Mane got another just after the break and Daniel Sturridge’s late strike sealed rounded things off.The club have been very busy this summer, having spent over £175million on new players including Alisson Becker, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri.Many have claimed the Reds could even win the Premier League title this season including former player Dean Saunders and the manner of this result will do their chances no harm.The signing Kopites have been looking forward to seeing the most is arguably Keita as a deal to bring in the midfielder from RB Leipzig was actually arranged last summer. Keita spurned the chance to score a goal on his Premier League debut silverware center_img Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 3 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won huge blow How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REVEALED RANKED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 3 Keita actually had a decent opportunity to get himself on the scoresheet late on but he sliced a loose ball well wide of the goal.He saw the funny side of it, however, as that was a small mark on what was generally a debut well done for Keita.last_img read more

PRIEST AVOIDS SECOND BOLT FROM THE HEAVENS!

first_imgThe Buncrana priest whose church was basted by lightning this week has revealed it is the SECOND time he has cheated serious injury.Fr Rafal Janusewski of Cockhill Church kept a cool head when a highly-charged bolt of lightning struck the church during mass on Tuesday last during 7.30pm mass.Damage was caused to fuseboxes and sacristan Bridget Allen lost her hearing temporarily as a result of the huge bang. Now Fr Janusewski has revealed the same thing happened to him five years ago in his native Poland.He said “Our whole lives are a miracle, but this was a normal miracle…a daily miracle if you will.“We finished the mass with candles.”The ESB has been carrying out repairs to the church all week following the bolt from the heavens. There was several incidents in Buncrana during the heavy electrical storm.Footballers had to be evacuated from a football pitch when lightning scorched the ground while people also had to flee form a local swimming pool when the building was hit.Pic by kind permission of NewspixIRLPRIEST AVOIDS SECOND BOLT FROM THE HEAVENS! was last modified: December 3rd, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

DONEGAL MAN LAST SEEN 35 YEARS AGO DECLARED DEAD BY COURT

first_imgA judge has declared a Co Donegal man dead after an application by his family in court.Eamon Gallagher, who would be 87 on Christmas Eve if he was still alive, was from Roosky, Convoy.He was last seen alive in White Chapel, east London, in 1979. Mr Gallagher left Co Donegal in 1952 to work as a labourer on building sites in London.There had been just one other confirmed sighting of him – in 1962 – in south London by another man from Donegal who recognised him.When he was last seen in 1979 he was carrying a bottle of wine.His younger brother Charles, who lives in Putney in London, brought an application to have Eamon declared dead before Donegal Circuit Court.The application was supported by the only other surviving member of the family, May, who still lives in Roosky and who is now 90.Six other siblings are all deceased.Their barrister Desmond Murphy was also granted an application to have more than 18 hectares transferred to the name of Charles Gallagher.“They have exhausted every route,” said Mr Murphy.“It appears their brother has disappeared completely off the radar.”Searches conducted by Britain’s health and social welfare services had failed to locate Eamon Gallagher, he said.The Salvation Army’s specialist unit and the Irish ex-pat organisation Aishling had also failed to find him.Adverts in Irish newspapers in London hadn’t received any responses.Mr Murphy said his elderly clients wanted to settle their own affairs and wanted the land transferred to Charles Gallagher so that this could be done.Judge John O’Hagan granted the applications, saying the case was “very sad when people leave their home country and disappear without trace.”DONEGAL MAN LAST SEEN 35 YEARS AGO DECLARED DEAD BY COURT was last modified: December 10th, 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:declared deaddonegal circuit courtEamon Gallagherlast_img read more

Warm welcome for new south Donegal rural bus service

first_imgA new rural bus service serving south Donegal and north Sligo will begin next month, it was announced today.This new service will operate between, Sligo Via Rathcormac, Drumcliff (Yeats Grave), Carney, Lisadell House, Maugherow, Ballinfull, Streedagh, Grange Cliffoney, Mullaghmore, Tullaghan Village, Bundoran, Ballyshannon to Rossnowlagh and vice versa.Announcing the new route today South Donegal TD Tony McLoughlin said: “I am delighted to see yet another ‘Local Link’ transport route being launched. “This following the success of the 983 route between Kinlough and Ballyshannon.” Warm welcome for new south Donegal rural bus service was last modified: April 4th, 2018 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:Ballyshannonbundorannew bus serviceRossnowlaghRural Linklast_img read more

Warriors’ Draymond Green on the 2020 Olympics: Count me in

first_imgDraymond Green to the rescue.The Warriors’ high energy dynamo is well aware that the U.S. men’s basketball team is currently going down for the count at the FIBA World Cup. Coming off back-to-back losses to France and Serbia, the U.S. team is down to its last game — Saturday against Poland in the seventh place tilt.Thursday, during an appearance on CNBC’s “Power Money,” Green threw his basketball bona fides into the ring, announcing his candidacy for the USA men’s team that will compete in …last_img

Mangrove as Metaphor

first_imgThe mangrove – that shoreline tree with the salt-tolerant roots that grows into dense thickets – is the fulcrum of two unrelated news stories.  It never met a force it couldn’t handle.  It also provides metaphors for evolution and creation.    PhysOrg reported that the mangrove is a key to saving lives.  “The replanting of mangroves on the coasts of the Philippines could help save many of the lives lost in the 20-30 typhoons that hit the islands annually,” the article said.  Mangrove forests help people in two ways: they create rich ecosystems that benefit local fisheries and the economy, and they absorb the energy of typhoons and tsunamis (02/18/2005).  Tragically, many of the native mangrove forests have been depleted.  In Mexico, National Geographic reported, mangrove forests are being destroyed by resort development.  This is dooming fisheries and ravaging the local economy.  “The government has overvalued such development and grossly undervalued the vital role mangroves play” in the ecology that benefits humans, a report found.  Asian governments are beginning to understand the value of mangroves.  The PhysOrg article showed that expensive rehabilitation projects are not required.  Often, locally-led, low-budget attempts work best.    On a completely different topic, science writer Carl Zimmer considered the mangrove as one possible metaphor for what has happened to Darwin’s tree of life.  Its appearance of a tangled thicket represents a little closer the kind of relationships among microorganisms that recent research has discerned, contrary to the sketch of a branching tree Darwin produced in his early notebooks.  Writing for Discovery Magazine, in “Festooning the Tree of Life,” Zimmer illustrated concepts from a paper by Tal Dagan (U of Dusseldorf) in PNAS.1  Dagan and colleagues analyzed 181 microbe genomes and determined that lateral gene transfer has been a major contributor to the diversity of microbes.  This means that “much of the history of life may not fit the tree metaphor very well any more,” Zimmer said.    Zimmer produced a series of illustrations of the original Darwinian branching tree getting all tangled up.  He showed that lateral gene transfer produces cross-connections that scramble the data so thoroughly, the tree pattern is no longer discernible.  After crossing out tree, bush and mangrove thicket, Zimmer selected “Gordian Knot” as the best metaphor for the result.  “This new picture is a far cry from Darwin’s sketch, and thank goodness for that,” he ended.  “A science that doesn’t move forward for 150 years isn’t much of a science at all.  But we may need some new metaphors to help us catch up with it.”1.  Tal Dagan, Yael Artzy-Randrup, and William Martin, “Modular networks and cumulative impact of lateral transfer in prokaryote genome evolution,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, published online before print July 16, 2008, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0800679105.Science has moved forward, all right.  It has moved so far forward since Darwin’s time, his speculative worldview of design without a designer has been thoroughly scrambled.  A Gordian knot is not the illustration Darwin projected about how life changes.  Look at Zimmer’s last diagram.  It requires faith to see any tree at all.  Why even maintain the metaphor?  Zimmer’s own reasoning has falsified the original tree diagram and made it superfluous.    A mangrove thicket, by contrast, is a tightly-knit community of trees, birds, fish, insects and animals all living together simultaneously and harmoniously as a system.  Who really needs to believe they evolved from one another’s microbe ancestors over mythical millions of years?  If you want a worldview that has withstood wave after wave of scientific discoveries, think creation.(Visited 246 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more