Nuclear Affair for Caribbean Choice Jamaica Oaks

first_imgThe best of the native bred three-year-old fillies will hold centre stage at Caymanas Park today in the 77th running of the Caribbean Choice Jamaica Oaks over 2000 metres and given the presence of a top heavy favourite in NUCLEAR AFFAIR, victory for her should be a mere formality.Offering a total purse of $3 million, this the season’s third classic has attracted 10 starters, including the first eight past the post in the April 9 Post to Post 1000 Guineas, which saw the howling favourite, NUCLEAR AFFAIR, powering home by 9 1/4 lengths from A THOUSAND STARS and SORRENTINO’S STAR in a fast 1:39.2 for a mile.NUCLEAR AFFAIR was then ridden by three-time champion, Dane Nelson, who left the island last week for another riding stint in Canada. Her connections have called up big-race jockey Shane Ellis, the reigning champion, to replace Nelson, who will be back to ride her in the derby.Unbeaten in three starts this season, NUCLEAR AFFAIR has already stamped herself as an exceptional three-year-old filly and Subratie is looking beyond the Oaks to the June 25 derby where she will come face to face with the colts.GLORIOUS UNCERTAINTY”She has everything in her favour today, having beaten seven of her opponents in the Guineas. But she still has to go out there and execute for racing is a sport of glorious uncertainty,” said Subratie, who is seeking his first Oaks win, having finished second with the 99-1 outsider ZACAPA some years ago.”She has done everything asked of her this season and I was particularly pleased with how she carried herself at exercise last Sunday morning in a six-furlong gallop, looking pretty easy in 1:14.4.”Nuclear Affair can do anything … she can run with the pace or come from behind if the situation demands and I am confident she will deliver for her deserving owner Michros,” he added.”It is only left to be seen whether my other runner, Golden Glory, can complete the exacta after finishing fifth in the Guineas. She did not have much luck in running, however, and my hope is that she can beat the runner-up, A Thousand Stars, and the third horse, Sorrentino’s Star, for second, with Ameth Robles who rode Zacapa taking the ride,” said the second generation trainer.For me, NUCLEAR AFFAIR, a chestnut filly by Nuclear Wayne out of Commandra Affair, bred by her owner, is so much better than her opponents that it will take an act of God to deny her today.The Wayne DaCosta-trained A THOUSAND STARS, a fast improving sort, should follow her home, again.Other firm fancies on the 12-race programme are CAMPESINO to repeat in the third race for open allowance horses; last year’s Oaks winner, MOM’S STUDENT, in the fourth; SOUND OF MIRACLE in the fifth; RUNAWAY GAL in the sixth for the Ricochet Cup; PROLIFIC PRINCESS in the seventh; and LORD EQUUS in the ninth.last_img read more

Man, 24, Commits Suicide in Police Cell

first_imgRelatives and friends of Papa Walker, 24, are asking how he hanged himself last Tuesday, while he was detained on a charge of ‘disorderly conduct’ at the New Kru Town Police Depot, near Monrovia.An Investigation conducted by the Daily Observer revealed that Papa Walker allegedly assaulted his sister, whose identity could not be verified, following an altercation over child support fees with his eleven-month old son’s mother, who is also yet to be identified.The deceased’s brother, Benjamin Walker, told the Daily Observer that Papa Walker and his girlfriend had a serious misunderstanding Monday night about financial assistance to take care of the child.“The girl and my brother argued about the money and after much argument back and forth he agreed to find some money for her on Tuesday.“That night my brother was so angry that my sister (not named), got on the girl’s side,” Benjamin Walker said.He explained that Papa Walker, a motorbike rider, “jumped on our sister and I intervened to separate them.”He said the unidentified sister returned on Tuesday morning to their Karpeh Street residence, along with an officer of the Liberia National Police, assigned at the New Kru Depot.“My brother was asked to go to the police station and when he got there he was detained,” he said.While efforts were being made to secure his release, we got the news in the afternoon that my brother had hanged himself in the cell.”The news of the alleged suicide took the Borough of New Kru Town by storm and it drew hundreds of residents, mostly young people, to the police depot.Meanwhile, the Liberia National Police withdrew officers assigned at the Depot and replaced them with a contingent of officers who took positions around the Police Depot, asking bystanders to leave.The incident of suicide is not common in the Borough, according to residents who spoke to the Daily Observer.“While we are confused as to how this boy could hang himself in a police cell, this sad story is a case involving a young father who found it difficult to provide financial support to his child,” an elder said.Another resident, a mother of five, told the Daily Observer that “unlike before, motor bike riders are now restricted to communities and the young riders don’t earn much money and this has led to such a tragedy.”Slum communities, like New Kru Town, West Point and Clara Town, (all in Monrovia) are filled with stories of young fathers who are unable to provide for their children due to lack of economic empowerment.“This is one of the challenges facing the Liberian government,” said a former student of D. Twe Memorial High School, who did not want to identified.Parents in New Kru Town are worried that what began with the need for financial support for a child sadly culminated in the death of a young man that his brother, Benjamin told the Daily Observer was a “hustler who was fighting hard to survive.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Ambassador’ Patten Returns, Apologizes to Senate

first_imgMr. Patten (R) takes oath before answering the Senators’ inquiries. -Says, when assigned by Pres. Weah, he “couldn’t say no”The current Liberian “Ambassador” to the United States of America, George Patten on Thursday, February 21, 2019, offered a public apology to the Senate for taking up assignment without being confirmed by that august body. Patten immediately promised to formalize it with a letter today, February 22.Mr. Patten offered the apology in the Chamber of the Senate when he appeared before the Senate committee on Foreign Affairs for confirmation proceedings, having prematurely taken up his assignment and commissioned by President George Weah outside the normal procedure. As ambassador-designate, Patten should have first appear for confirmation hearing by the Senate.Patten, whose career as a diplomat and a lawyer spans more than three decades, was questioned on whether he had fulfilled Article 54 of the Constitution before taking up his assignment in Washington, D.C.“I am an emissary of the President and an envoy given an official letter to deliver; I serve Liberia and the President, but the realization was that I have to come back here and I complied; that’s why I am here,” he said.Mr. Patten, in response to further questions, said he realized his mistake later when the Senate asked him to return, “and that’s why I am here to have this discussion, this dialogue.”He admitted being knowledgeable of the Constitution, but said that he is an emissary of the President, “and when the head of state requires you to undertake an urgent assignment, challenges may be there, but you could not possibly say no…”Patten was positive of being confirmed, “because for over 30 years, I have dedicated my life in serving Liberia in the foreign service since leaving school; to countries like The Gambia, Libya, Ethiopia, and now the United States.”“With the experiences that I have, I believe I can be very useful in Washington, cementing that historical relationship between Liberia and the United States, which we intend to strengthen further,” Patten said.Senator Henry Yallah of Bong County asked whether Patten will go back to the United States as Ambassador, if denied by the Senate. In his response, he was not coherent.Again, asked by Senator Oscar Cooper of Margibi County as to whether by a directive of the President, he (Patten) would do something unconstitutional, Patten fumbled, but  said finally: “I don’t think I will violate the Constitution, no sir.”Sen. Cooper insisted on the question of why did he violate the Constitution in the first place by taking up assignment without meeting the constitutional requirement? But Patten took refuge in the excuse that he could not resist the urgency of the assignment from the President.Following brief inquiries from other members of the Committee, Mr. Patten was discharged from the stand and told to go home but with a caveat that other issues would be discussed at the level of the Foreign Ministry at a later date.Senate Goes into Urgent SessionMeanwhile, the Senate yesterday went into an unusual urgent executive session, midway into the debate on “An Act Prohibiting the Tenure of Public Officials within the Executive Branch of government.”The decision came minutes after senators Thomas Grupee, Henrique Tokpa and Henry Yallah disagreed over a bill to the Legislature and which was submitted by President Weah for the prohibition of all tenured positions for public officials.Senators Grupee and Tokpa were emphatic that the bill be returned to the President and, if he was not satisfied, he could go to the Supreme Court.“This is the Genesis of how imperial presidency develops, and we are still reminded of our recent past of a long conflict, which was as a result of bad governance,” they said.The debate is expected to continue next Thursday, February 28.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Venus Williams completes return to tennis with title

first_imgOn the men’s side, the top two seeds advanced to the final in the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships. Andy Roddick beat Andy Murray 6-3, 7-6 (4) and Tommy Haas downed Mardy Fish 6-3, 6-4. Top-seeded Justine Henin beat Amelie Mauresmo 6-4, 7-5 to win the Dubai (United Arab Emirates) Open for the fourth time. WINTER SPORTS: Michaela Kirchgasser won a giant slalom , for her first World Cup victory.American Julia Mancuso was sixth. SOCCER: Zinedine Zidane played at a charity event in his first game since the 2006 World Cup, brushing off questions about coming out of retirement. There was speculation the three-time FIFA World Player of the Year might follow former Real Madrid teammate David Beckham and play in the United States. Zidane headbutted an opponent during the World Cup final with Italy and ended his career with a red card. France lost to Italy on penalty kicks. in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in Sierra Nevada, Spain Erik Guay won the downhillfor his first World Cup victory and the first for Canadian men in 13 years. in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany Simon Ammann won the large hill ski jumping gold medal at the Nordic World Ski Championships in Sapporo, Japan . Venus Williams capped her first tournament back from an injured left wrist in winning fashion Saturday night, beating top-seeded Shahar Peer 6-1, 6-1 in the Cellular South Cup in Memphis, Tenn. This event is merely a Tier III tournament and far below her last victory at Wimbledon in 2005, her fifth Grand Slam. But her 34th career title came in her first tournament since losing in the second round at Luxembourg last October. center_img 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

Lockdowns after jail riot

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card About 200 people were involved in serious fighting, which might be connected to the stabbing of a Latino gang member by an African-American gang member last week at Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles. Of the 46 inmates treated for injuries, two remained at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital on Sunday, including one in critical condition, spokeswoman Bhavna Mistry said. Officials segregated Latino and African-American inmates in the North County facility – permitted during emergencies – while the entire county jail system was in lockdown, though deputies allowed restricted movement for some inmates by Sunday afternoon. “Everything’s quiet,” Whitmore said. The measures are in effect until officials decide it’s “safe to move forward.” The jail system – the nation’s largest – oversees a daily population of about 21,000. About 60 percent are Hispanic, and about 30 percent are African-American, officials said. With racial tensions viewed as a catalyst for the riot, Sheriff Lee Baca said he wants to discuss the need for inmate segregation with civil liberties groups, even as a 2005 U.S. Supreme Court ruling forbid separation of state prison inmates strictly by race. SANTA CLARITA – The Los Angeles County jail system remained in lockdown Sunday as authorities investigated a race-related riot at Pitchess Detention Center – one of the worst in at least four years that left an inmate dead and dozens injured. Wayne Robert Tiznor, 45, of Los Angeles died from apparent blunt force trauma amid the chaos Saturday when fighting between Latino and African-American inmates spread to involve more than 2,000 in the North County Correctional Facility, one of three jails inside the sprawling 8,200-inmate complex. Tiznor, who is African-American, was arrested Jan. 3 for failing to register as a sex offender. He was assigned to the 3,800-inmate maximum-security lockup Jan. 23, according to county sheriff’s records. Investigators were trying to determine if he was linked to the racial tensions and gang rivalries officials believe sparked the violence, sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said. “It’s being looked at right now,” he said, adding the inquiry could last several days. “The homicide investigators are interviewing everybody to see if there is a link.” “The sheriff wants to … have some real-life discussions,” Whitmore said. “He wants to examine the reality of the jail world, where segregation prevents violence that could lead to death.” The Sheriff’s Department has said it doesn’t segregate by race but rather by gang affiliation, type of crime, propensity for violence or escape, sexual orientation and other factors. But gangs in and out of jail are often organized around race. Jody Kent of the American Civil Liberties Union said racial segregation of inmates might be allowed during emergencies, but it can’t be the only solution to jailhouse violence. “There are underlying issues that caused or exacerbate the tensions in the jail, and they come from overcrowding, which is an issue we have brought up,” said Kent, jail projects coordinator for ACLU’s Southern California chapter. “They are in there locked down 24 hours a day. They get three hours a week minimum of exercise. That environment fosters violence.” Kent said reducing jail crowding and enhancing inmate education and work programs could help, but she acknowledged the Sheriff’s Department is hampered by staff and funding shortages. “There are only so many things the Sheriff’s Department can do,” she said. In February 2005, the Supreme Court voted 5-3 in Johnson vs. California that state prisons can’t racially segregate prisoners for up to 60 days each time they enter a new prison, even on the premise that the policy helps to prevent violence caused by racial gangs. But attorney Bert H. Deixler, who argued for plaintiff and inmate Garrison Johnson, said the decision allows other effective options. “Knowing that people are members of gangs is critically important to making decisions in how they should be housed,” he said. “It would be perfectly constitutional for Sheriff Baca to segregate people based on gang affiliation,” even if the gangs are racially-based. Douglas W. Kmiec, constitutional law professor at Pepperdine University, agreed. “Alternative bases of segregation are possible, so long as it is not just a clever way to separate by race,” he wrote in an e-mail. “If gang-based separation is based upon a record of gang animosity and violence between gangs, that might well survive.” But screening inmates based on these other criteria can be tough in a jail setting, Deixler said. “It’s a pre-conviction setting,” he said. “Generally, you have less information. People are picked up off the street. It’s more difficult.” Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 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

Martin O’Reilly attends Urris underage presentations

first_imgThanks to all who attended our underage presentations in the Ballyliffin Hotel last Friday night. Congratulations to all winners on the night but to all our Under Age boys & girls you are all winners!.Thanks to the Ballyliffin Hotel for the lovely meal and help on the night, to all the children and their parents/ guardians, coaches, our Guest Donegal County Player Martin O’Reilly who was brilliant with the children, our MC Susan McCarron and to all who helped out in any way on the night or prior to the night. Main Winners on the night: U10 Boy: Lorcan McGonigle; U10 Girl: Clodagh Power; U12 Boy: Dara Harkin & Ben McDaid; U12 Girl: Caoimhe Doherty & Niamh McDaid; U13 Girl: Zoe McCarron; U14 Boy: Eoin McLaughlin; U14 Girl: Aimee Porter; U16 Boy: Jake Harkin & Gavin McDaid; U16 Girl: Sorcha Hession.Bingo every Thursday night in St Mary,s Hall, Clonmany at 9pm. This Thursday night until Christmas we will have side prizes plus a cuppa and biscuit for all bingo goers. So come along, bring a friend, try your luck and have a chat.Re-convened meeting of our AGM will take place on Monday December 12th at 7.30pm in the clubhouse. Very important meeting of the year all most welcome to attend.Ducks are now on sale for €5 for our annual Duck Race on St Stephen’s Day at Binnion Bridge at 1pm. Ducks can be purchased from Alan Friel (0879029672), Adrian Doherty (0879810304) or Michael Doherty (S) 0879975610). ALSO, Ducks will be on sale at Centra, Clonmany next Saturday December 10th from 8am to 6pm. Great prizes to be won on the day: 1st Duck home €150; 2nd Duck home: €100; 3rd Duck home: €50; Last Duck home €50. Plus prizes for Best Dressed Duck and for guessing the correct time for the winning duck.Match ‘N’ Win for December 1st: No Jackpot winner. Numbers drawn: 3, 7, 14, 21. €15 winners: Neil Doherty (JS), Letter; Danny Doherty (PO), Gaddyduff; Lizzie Shiels, Rooskey; Patsy Devlin, Annaugh; Josephine Diver, Tullagh. Jackpot next week €2,340. Thanks to all our Lotto Sellers and to all who support the club in this weekly lotto draw.Well done to our dancers who took part in the County final of Scor Na nOg in Glenfin on Sunday. No luck on the night but the girls gave a brilliant performance.Underage training:Friday: U6 upstairs in the Youth Club from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.Friday: U8 on the Astro from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.Friday: U10 Girls on Astro from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.Saturday: U10 boys on Astro from 11am to 12 noon.Cost €2 per child to cover cost of the venue.Please Note: Parents/Guardians of all ages must sign their children on Friday evening & on Saturday morning if it their first time attending training.Tickets are now on sale for several excellent prizes including A new Opel Corsa Car, Travel vouchers, GAA All Ireland packages. Tickets are €10 and all funds raised by the club stays in the club to help with the day to day running of the club from under age to senior level.Club members and coaches will be out and about in the parish selling these tickets in the coming weeks. In addition to the prizes on the tickets the club is also running a club draw for all tickets sold, top prize an I phone, club merchandise etc.Martin O’Reilly attends Urris underage presentations was last modified: December 5th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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:URRISlast_img read more


first_imgErrigal in the snowOdds on Donegal having a white Christmas have been slashed by bookmakers.The county, along with Belfast and Dublin, are now 5/2 to have a white Christmas.The chilly conditions are being blamed on the coldest Atlantic temperatures since records began 80 years ago. The winter chill is due to a cold 1,500-mile wide swathe of the North Atlantic.The tranche of ocean is the coldest since records began before 1935, and forecast to cool Ireland’s usual mild westerly winds.Met Eireann will not make an official forecast until much closer to December 25th.But bookmakers including Paddy Power have slashed their odds on a white covering to be on the safe side. SNOW ME THE MONEY! BOOKIES SLASH ODDS ON DONEGAL WHITE CHRISTMAS! was last modified: October 20th, 2015 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:CHristmasdonegalsnowlast_img read more

“WWC – World Wide Cache” GC1DZFC GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – June 16th, 2010

first_imgTeam photo of “ROUND the WORLD” Share with your Friends:More The Starting Point for WWC – World Wide Cache, Braga City, PortugalThis cache taps into the global spirit of geocaching and the team building nature of geocachers.  The WWC – World Wide Cache sends players on an intercontinental puzzle-solving adventure.  You start and end in Portugal. The first cache in this Multi-Cache is GC1DZFC.  From there you journey to America, Africa, Australia and Asia before heading back to Portugal.Worried about the cost of all the airline tickets? You don’t need to flex your credit card to complete this cache. Most (if not all) of those who take on this Multi-Cache never leave their home county.  They build a network of teams with members near each leg of the cache.  Each cache contains the coordinates to the next.WWC – American Leg of World Wide Cache SPY_Team created the cache.  Rui, from SPY Team, says his 13 year old son encouraged him to create the five physical caches around world. It took four months to bring all the teams together and place the caches. Rui says, “I think the most amazing thing about this cache was the team work.”He says the response to the cache has been powerful, “Many people working together to find the last cache. It was the most beautiful moment in Geocaching, seeing all those people working together to find the five caches and finally celebrating the global find.”Cache Fan,  The Spindoctors, Earthquake5683, and JAKKTeam placed and maintain the other caches.  They say it takes coordination and a focused approach.  Cache Fan says the reward is in the interaction with other cachers, “It is also very exiting for the Geocachers seeking the caches of the series to get into contact with cachers from other countries to share stories and tips.”The geocachers who’ve completed the cache say the key is team work.  Solving a riddle in the Portugal leg leads you to the American leg (above) where you encounter another riddle.  The answer leads you to the African leg (below) and so on.WWC – African Leg of World Wide CacheTeams like “ROUND the WORLD” post pics of all team members when they complete the cache. So far, 20 teams have logged all legs of the entire Puzzle Cache.  What are you waiting for?  Go out and geocache around the world!center_img SharePrint Related”The Enchanted Forest” GC2P52E GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – April 16, 2012April 16, 2012In “Community”Vergissmeinnicht – Geocache of the WeekJuly 11, 2018In “Community”Connecting the World With Geocaching — Köln-Seattle Exchange Multicaches (GC1GWEV and GC1H38J) — Geocache of the WeekDecember 25, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

Geocachers Guard Nature as Citizen Scientists –’s Lost & Found Video

first_imgYour next geocaching adventure can help save the environment from a multi-billion dollar scourge, invasive species.  Scientists at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado created a website called,  They’re calling all geocachers to help track the spread of species which damage the natural environment. It’s a global project, that begins just outside your front door.You can find more information on Citizen Science by clicking the image There are many more geocaching adventures. Take a look at all the Lost & Found videos here.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint Related”Scuba Geocaching” A Lost & Found VideoOctober 5, 2010In “Community””Desert Geocaching” A Lost & Found VideoNovember 16, 2010In “Community””4×4 Geocaching” A Lost & Found VideoAugust 31, 2010In “Community”last_img read more

Caution: Geocacher in training

first_imgWhile “the largest outdoor treasure hunt” sounds simple enough, we can admit there is quite a learning curve to mastering the art of geocaching. That’s why we’re improving the onboarding experience for new geocachers with our latest Geocaching® app update. These changes will not affect geocachers who have previously found and logged a cache, but will provide training to get new users up to speed with the game of geocaching, the app, and best practices while out in the field.  What this will look like:For players have never logged a geocache, a new overview of caches in their area will be displayed along with a recommended first cache to find. The cache details page will expand so that the player can learn more about the hide. Players can choose to disregard the cache and choose another, or proceed to navigating to the recommended geocache. After the first find (smiley), the geocacher will have the opportunity to receive up to two more geocache suggestions.How it works:Although the criteria for the recommended cache can change and improve over time, the idea is to offer a great introduction to geocaching. In addition to other criteria, we’ll be making sure the most recent log is not a Did Not Find (DNF), Needs Maintenance (NM), or Needs Archived (NA), that there is no NM attribute, that the cache is not locked, disabled, or archived, and that the user has not already found the cache (when on the second and third suggestions).Anything else?If you’re just starting out with geocaching, be sure to check out our ten tips for newbies looking for their first geocache and 10 tips for new and seasoned geocachers. Feeling a bit more advanced? Take a look at Project-GC to help up-level your geocaching game!If you’re a more seasoned geocacher, try introducing someone new to geocaching and share your favorite piece of advice for geocachers just starting out! Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedHow Teens Discover GeocachingJuly 8, 2011In “Community”Connecting the World With Geocaching — Köln-Seattle Exchange Multicaches (GC1GWEV and GC1H38J) — Geocache of the WeekDecember 25, 2013In “Community”Padlocks, RFID chips, and secret briefcases: an interview with a geocaching maniacMarch 12, 2019In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”last_img read more