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first_imgIt’s Jamaica Racehorse Trainers’ Association (JRTA) Day at Caymanas Park, the well-supported 10-race programme featuring the JRTA Trophy over 1200 metres.A maximum field of 16 native-bred three-year-olds (non-winners of two) is down to face the starter, and victory should go to the lightly-raced 3-y-o colt, MAN IN BLUE, who left on a winning note on February 8 in maiden company.Trained by Richard Azan for emerging big owners, New Blue Limited, the chestnut colt by Miracle Man out of Lady Chiriya oufinished ROAD WI SEH by a short head over 1300 metres – as the howling 2-5 favourite back then – and although returning from a 10-month absence, has trained well and should take up where he left off.Truth be told, MAN IN BLUE looks to have a bit more class than his 15 opponents, on a line through ROAD WI SEH. He has worked fairly well alongside stable companions FRANFIELD, the recent Superstakes winner, and EDISON, in preparation for this trophy and reporting with only 52.5kg and champion jockey-designate Shane Ellis aboard, gets the nod over TURBO MACHINE CAT, TROJAN and the fleet-footed FIRE ALARM.I am expecting MAN IN BLUE to track the expected leaders FIRE ALARM and TROJAN into the straight, before disposing of both a furlong out. Thereafter, it should be smooth sailing as he should supplement New Blue’s December 5 double with the two-year-olds CUP O TEA and MISS MYRTLE.Supporting features on the card are the Dye Job Sprint over 1200 metres, for native and imported two-year-olds; the Andrew H.B. Aguilar Memorial Cup over a mile, for maiden two-year-olds; and restricted stakes over a mile for the Seymour ‘Foggy’ Mullings Memorial Trophy, to be contested by nine starters. The field for the latter race includes top contenders BRAWN, ORIGINAL TRAIN and SOUTHERN CRUISE.Significantly, the programme is staged annually by the Vin Edwards-led JRTA. Most of the races have been named in honour of prominent members, including Enos Brown, Dalton Sirjue, Clifford Atkinson Sr. and founding member, the late Roderick ‘Pilot’ Francis.BRAWN catches my fancy in the Seymour Mullings Memorial Cup, while other firm fancies include BLUE DIXIE IN the first for two-year-olds; FORCE DE JOUR to repeat in the fourth; BIGDADDYKOOL in the Andrew H.B. Aguilar Memorial Trophy; NATASHADONTPLAY in the sixth; and SIRMANDI In the eighth.last_img read more

first_img Emmanuel Adebayor in action for Arsenal Arsenal look light up front at the moment following Danny Welbeck’s injury – but surely things aren’t this bad?Currently, Olivier Giroud has no out-and-out back up at the Emirates as Arsene Wenger cleared the decks and either sold or loaned the likes of Lukas Podolski, Yaya Sanogo, and Chuba Akpom.But ex-Gunner Emmanuel Adebayor is sitting at Tottenham without a thing to do following his omission from their Premier League and Europa League squads, and some Arsenal fans, rather shockingly, reckon he might just be the answer to their problems – if they can land him on a free.You can see what they’ve had to say below… 1last_img read more

first_img The forum will be chaired in its inaugural year by the United States and Brazil. The 38 new OGP countries will develop their own country action plans in consultation with civil society, to be announced at the next OGP meeting in Brazil in March 2012. US President Barack Obama, speaking at the launch, said that open societies, economies and governments together made the “strongest foundation for human progress”. He added that the Partnership came at a good time, with people across the Middle East and North Africa pushing for their governments to represent and serve them, and with emerging democracies worldwide showing how “innovations in open government” could increase prosperity and justice.Constitution, press freedom Zuma, in his address to the gathering, said South Africa’s Constitution “specifically provides for the establishment of independent institutions to safeguard and enforce openness, transparency, accountability, responsiveness, and ethical governance in the public and private spheres.” The country’s “Chapter 9 institutions” – the Public Protector, Human Rights Commission, Auditor-General, Independent Electoral Commission, Gender Commission and Commission on Traditional, Linguistic and Religious Communities – were “an important armoury in promoting and protecting the rights of our citizens,” Zuma said. The country also prided itself “on having freedom of expression and media freedom that are enshrined in the Constitution.Informed citizens, efficient public service “We also regard the development of an efficient, effective and development-oriented public service and an informed and empowered citizenry as key tools in the promotion of open government,” Zuma said. “We promote citizen engagement and participation through direct contact with citizens by undertaking visits to hear their suggestions and concerns and to monitor service delivery.” South Africa also had a number of institutions specifically mandated with “preventing and investigating acts of corruption, as this is one of our key national priorities”. Zuma said the government was consulting with civil society in drafting an open government country action plan, and would also continue to in the African Union’s African Peer Review Mechanism, which encourages governments to improve governance, including openness and service delivery to their populations. SAinfo reporter Increasing the availability of information about governmental activities.Supporting civic participation.Implementing the highest standards of professional integrity throughout their administrations.Increasing access to new technologies for openness and accountability. 21 September 2011 The principles of openness, transparency and accountability are built into and guaranteed protection by South Africa’s Constitution, President Jacob Zuma said at the launch of the Open Government Partnership – of which SA is one of eight founding governments – in New York this week. Zuma joined 45 other world leaders on Tuesday in formally launching the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a new international initiative aimed at securing concrete commitments from governments, in partnership with civil society, to promote transparency, increase civic participation, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. At the launch, the eight OGP steering committee governments – the US, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, Philippines, South Africa and the UK – delivered their OGP action plans, signed a declaration of principles, and welcomed 38 new countries into the effort.Open Government Declaration Zuma joined the leaders of the other seven national founders in declaring their respective governments’ commitment to:last_img read more

first_imgBackstroke, breast stroke or even doggy paddle – it’s all welcome at the Midmar Mile, the annual gathering acknowledged by Guinness World Records as the largest open water swim on the planet. It’s a happy, vibrant community event, with champions swimming alongside newbies, and everyone out to have fun. (Image: www.midmarmile.co.za ) • Wayne Riddin Race Director Midmar Mile +0861 643627 info@midmarmile.co.za • A Mad Swim from Mozambique to Madagascar • World first for South African extreme swimmers • Swimmer’s memoir up for award • Midmar Mile’s 89-year-old finisher • ‘Human polar bear’ makes Himalayan swim for peaceMelissa Jane CookThe sun shone brightly, the atmosphere was charged, and just metres away from the lapping water, throngs of swimmers and supporters milled about, doing exercises, eating hot dogs, adjusting their swimming caps, slathering on sun screen, and all waiting in anticipation for their race to begin.It was time for the Midmar Mile, sponsored by aQuelle water, the world’s biggest open water swim. A momentous charity fund-raiser, it took place on 8 and 9 February this year. It is held annually in February at the Midmar Dam, north of Pietermaritzburg, in KwaZulu-Natal, and attracts thousands of individuals, from serious international athletes and Olympic medallists to recreational swimmers and disabled swimmers.In 2009, the event, in which 13 755 competitors finished the race, was recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest open water swimming event. Its operations are among the most professional in the sport and its budget is the largest in the world.The distance swum is roughly one mile – Wayne Riddin, coach, administrator and the race director, says a unique feature of the swim is that while the distance covered is always a mile, depending on rainfall and the water levels in the dam, the distance swum varies from year to year. “In years with poor rainfall, competitors are subject to the infamous Midmar sprint start: a bedlam of bodies sprinting across the muddy lake-shore and through the shallows until the water is deep enough to swim.”Ridden, who has led the operations to a level unprecedented in the open water swimming world, was nominated for the 2012 and 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year award. “It’s extraordinary to see champion swimmers laden with medals swimming alongside novices. The atmosphere is so exciting and alive. Swimming is on such a high here, with much inspiration from Chad le Clos and Cameron van der Bergh.”Sadly, despite the many safety measures – on hand are 120 professional lifesavers, the South African police diving unit and the navy – a swimmer went missing this year and is presumed to have drowned. Johannesburg businessman Herman van Straten never returned from the water after taking part in Race 3 on Saturday. The search for Van Straten was continuing on Monday. In 2011, Nico Mellet, 45, drowned while swimming the Mile.HistoryRiddin says the race was first held in 1974, with 193 competitors. “Over the next 10 years this grew to over 1 500 people and it was proposed that the entries stopped at 2 500. I got involved 22 years ago as an organiser and there are now over 18 000 swimmers. The numbers are growing and international people traverse continents to participate.”The more social swim is for families on the Saturday, and the highlight is the competitive events on the Sunday. There is a swim for everyone: a family event, a company event, a non-company event, which promotes the development of swimmers, among others.On race day, to handle the vast number of competitors, five groups of swimmers, divided by cap colour, are set off in batches of people, 600 in each, three minutes apart. The cap colours determine whether the competitor is a novice swimmer, a champion or is bobbing in-between. The group division the swimmer is assigned to is based on a qualifying time in a previous qualifying event, with the fastest group leaving first. The range of age groups varies from five-year-olds to the more mature octogenarians. In all, there are eight events split over two days.Mother Nature was in a playful mood this weekend, and decided to turn the tranquil dam into a sea of swells. As a result, the under-13s were unable to participate, and others would have preferred lilos urging them on instead of mouthfuls of water and a course that constantly veered off line.CompetitorsEach event included champions and a phenomenal tenacity to succeed. Mentally impaired Craig Groenewald continued his remarkable Midmar Mile run, claiming his 15th consecutive victory in the disabled category. “The vibe and all the people is amazing. I enjoy open water swimming and I am getting into it more and more,” he said.At 81 years old, Mike Arbuthnot, founder of the event, is a Midmar Mile legend. He completed his 81st crossing and continued his run as the only man to have competed successfully in every Midmar Mile since its inception. Arbuthnot also congratulated the oldest female finisher, Lorna Cochran, who successfully completed her crossing at 90 years old.Chad Ho and Ashley Twichell were again the overall Midmar champions. Ho, 23, is a veteran of open water swimming, with various victories over the years in marathon swimming, including four consecutive wins before this year’s Mile.Entries for the seeding races this year had grown by about 15% and Ho said he was excited to see the direction in which the sport was moving in South Africa. “Definitely, I’m excited. I want to see the sport grow. I want to see development come through or local talent or youngsters coming up. So it’s exciting to see the potential emerging. Hopefully one day we’ll see someone else in my shoes, trying to go for five wins in a row, six in a row.”Twichell won a thrilling women’s race to take the title for the second consecutive year. The American finished in a time of 19:45, two seconds ahead of seven-time winner Keri-Anne Payne, the 2012 Olympic Games open water silver-medallist from Great Britain.PinkDriveCharity is a major element of the Midmar Mile which this year raised funds for the breast cancer community carer, PinkDrive. Its name was displayed on swimmers bodies. Bright pink costumes for women and swim shorts for men were the order of the day for people swimming in support of the public benefit organisation.PinkDrive is South Africa’s first mobile mammography and educational unit. To date, it has provided over 5 000 free mammograms, done over 54 000 clinical breast examinations, educated over 79 000 people about breast cancer, and distributed over 90 000 educational materials.Described as the most extravagant, innovative, comprehensive open water swimming event in the world, the Midmar Mile has it all. It’s a phenomenal magical space with thousands gathering in one beautiful location.Wendy Schulze, who has competed nine times, summed up the feeling: “So many people coming together, swimming together, the young and the old swimming side by side, children swimming with their parents for charities, this heightens the emotion. Days like this offer the perfect opportunity for reflection and immense fun, among a huge family of swimmers. It doesn’t matter if you are swimming back stroke, crawl or the Macarena to the end, there is always encouragement and a sense of achieving something extraordinary.”last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest From the company that perfected row clutches, Ag Leader is proud to introduce a new row-by-row electric drive product to its SeedCommand planter control line.An all-encompassing planting solution, SeedCommand will soon include an electric drive option for reliable individual seed shut-off, in addition to its time-tested clutch options. Of the many features of electric drives, growers gain precise row-by-row control of planter performance to incorporate variable rate planting on a per row basis. Instant adjustment to population rates and consistent seed spacing despite changes in planting speed, field conditions or on curves and headlands are also benefits enjoyed by growers using electric drives.True to Ag Leader’s traditional “color-blind” approach, the electric drives will be built to install on most major planter brands on the market. Additionally, the electric drive motor isn’t tied to a specific brand or type of seed meter, making it flexible to work on existing meters and with multiple planter setups. Further, the system is ISOBUS compatible and can be used with any VT Task Controller display.“Our core company focus is precision farming technology, producing tools for growers that give them an immediate payback, across many farming activities and mixed equipment,” stated Roger Zielke, Product Manager. “The coming advancements to our reputable SeedCommand line are a perfect example of that.”Electric drives will be added to the SeedCommand line with a limited release this spring and full production in 2017.last_img read more

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Gilas Pilipinas members with SBP head Manny V. Pangilinan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAmid all the drama happening in the PBA, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas chairman emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan urged the basketball public to be united as Smart Gilas Pilipinas prepares for the next challenge at hand: the 2019 Fiba World Cup qualifiers.“We are hoping that the best of the best players in the country will join Gilas for this tournament,” he said in a statement. “We are calling for the support of every club team and every collegiate program to support this endeavor.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games The Philippines is slotted in Group B, together with 2017 Fiba Asia Cup champion Australia, Japan, and Chinese Taipei.READ: PH teams up with Japan, Indonesia for 2023 Fiba World Cup bidSmart Gilas Pilipinas opens its campaign in Tokyo when it faces off against Japan on November 24. The national team will then fly back home, this time taking on Chinese Taipei at Smart Araneta Coliseum on November 27.Pangilinan has full confidence that the Philippines can trot out the best squad for the first leg of the home-and-away format as it seeks to make it to the 2019 Fiba World Cup in China.“Every tournament we joined this year was done in preparation for this tournament. Though the new FIBA format for qualification is different from past editions, we are confident that we will adjust to this and return to the global stage once more,” said the chairman of Smart, who is once again stepping up to the plate as the national team’s chief backer.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion The national team handled by coach Chot Reyes returns to practice on Friday evening as they get the wheels turning for the first leg of the Asian qualifiers.READ: SMC bloc, allies vow to lend players for Gilas amid PBA impasseFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThere are doubts whether the best players from all teams will be made available for Gilas practices with the clear divide on the PBA Board of Governors but the SMC bloc along with its allied reaffirmed their commitment to the national team.Instituting a new format, Fiba will be holding a home-and-away structure, with Asia being divided into four groups of four in the first round. Belingon eyes huge win in Manila, ONE title shot MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Pangilinan also encouraged the public to give their full support on Smart Gilas Pilipinas anew.“Let’s show the world once again what puso is all about!” he said. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Photos are from Inquirer’s Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LeBron James supervised the training of select members of the media and players from Gilas Pilipinas Saturday afternoon at Kerry Sports.This was part of James’ third visit to the Philippines for the “Strive for Greatness” tour.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Return of the king: LeBron wows Manila fans anew MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgWagga Wagga Touch Association are running their annual charity day knockout on Sunday 7th of August at 9am at Jubilee Park. The cost will be $10 per player, per team with all proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald incorporated Kids Cottage appeal. Nominations are being accepted in the following divisions: Mens/Womens/Mixed Open Mens/Womens/Mixed Under 18’s Mens/Womens/Mixed Over 35’s Divisions may be merged if there are not enough nominations for a certain division, with alll games being 30 minutes long with teams changing ends after each touchdown. Players can register in as many different divisions as they like and each team must be prepared to supply a duty referee. Registration forms must be returned by August 1 to: OPSM, DON Tuckwells Audio or mailed to WTA, PO BOX 2037, Wagga Wagga, 2650. The registration forms can also be faxed to 02 69312290 or emailed to waggatouch@itxpress.com.au Get a team along to support the Kids Cottage Appeal!last_img read more

first_imgNewcastle boss Steve Bruce insists his strikers will come goodby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Steve Bruce insists his strikers will come good after their 0-0 draw with Brighton.They did have some presentable chances but neither Joelinton or Miguel Almiron could convert when it mattered.Bruce said: “I think it’s always been a concern, but if you look at the chances we’ve had, they’re big chances at this level.”They’re arguably better than what Brighton had.”Even though they’ve had 70 per cent of possession, we’ve probably had the best chances out there, which is a disappointment that we haven’t taken one.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_img​Guardiola insists Man City not ready to win Champions Leagueby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola thinks his team is still not ready to win the Champions League.It is no secret that two-times defending Premier League champions City want to win Europe’s biggest club competition.But they have failed in the early knockout rounds for several seasons in a row.And Guardiola believes their profligacy in front of goal will cost them in Champions League matches.”We miss a lot of chances in the final third [during a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace on Saturday] and we have to do that to be clinical. When the people say about the Champions League being the target, we are still not ready,” he told reporters.”We create a lot and we don’t concede, but we can still improve. We are a team in the last two seasons who score a lot and create a lot. I don’t have doubt about that, but still we have to keep going and work on that.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more