It’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.
Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCreamline goes two-for-two this season but Pocari-Air Force is out to regain the crown as the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference blasts off this Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Adamson-Akari, BanKo-Perlas, Iriga-Navy, Ateneo-Motolite, PetroGazz and Tacloban complete the eight-team cast slugging it out for top honors in the PVL season-ending conference organized by Sports Vision.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Highlands Ladies Cup continues playing for youths in need MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown The Cool Smashers, winner of the Reinforced Conference via a sweep over the PayMaya High Flyers early in the season, face a tougher set of rivals. Alyssa Valdez and Jia Morado will spearhead the squad anew.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum
Dear Editor,The Cummingsburg talks are underway and the AFC is getting its turn to deal with the doyen of duplicity, David Granger. The main issue is the position of (PM) prime ministerial candidate; the AFC wants it and Granger has other plans. In the terms of the 2015 Accord, the PM slot on the ticket was guaranteed to whomever the AFC nominated, this time around, Khemraj Ramjattan is the nominee but Granger said “I cannot say now, who I would be running with, but I can assure you that the two groups are reviewing the 2015 accord and we hope to come up with a revised accord” and “It is not prudent to anticipate the outcome of negotiations,”. Based on months of listening to Granger prevaricate and temporise following the successful No-Confidence Motion, I can safely pronounce that “Prak cork duck”. He will not be the PM candidate; he can go all the way to the CCJ, win, and still not be the candidate.It is with a sense of karmic satisfaction that I watch Granger put Khemraj et al on his ‘merry-go-round’. The country experienced Granger’s no-confidence duplicity that included “awaiting the outcome of the Judicial process”, “abide by the provisions of the Constitution”, “credible elections in the shortest possible time” and “GECOM is responsible for setting the date, not me” while Khemraj Ramjattan and his AFC cohorts cheered him (Granger) on. Prak should now cut a rod and go learn to fish in the backdam because he must know that you can only sell your soul to the devil once. That is the ‘accord’ the AFC signed in 2015. Granger now owns the AFC and will do with them what he will.Respectfully,Robin Singh
The national first and second division basketball leagues begin today at the Sports Commission on Broad Street, amidst the threat of rain.Virtually youthful outfit Kardinals, (3rd division champions) will rub shoulders with Deviers in the opening game at 5:p.m. while the triple champs LPRC Oilers will meet the tough 2nd division champions, Barnersville Celtic, at 6:30pm.On Thursday, April 3, Uhuru Prince will face Du-Runners at 5:p.m. and C-Base will lock horns with S. Brothers.However, the late starting of the basketball league has raised serious concerns among basketball fans.Basketball fan Emmanuel Diggs complained about the late beginning of the league and said the league should have completed the first phase at the Sports Commission and continue with the second phase at the Samuel K. Doe’s Gym, during the raining season.“As a number one priority and due to safety playing the game in the raining season is not the best decision to take,” basketball fan, Jeremy Parker said.Meanwhile, Liberia’s basketball chief scribe Allen Goodridge, regretted the opening of the tournament in April, but said it was due to the lack of funds.The 2013 LBA League closed on Saturday, March 22 instead of between November 2013 and February 2014. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
After two seasons out on loan with Torino and then West Ham, the ‘keeper was keen to put down roots again.The 31-year-old, who cost Burnley a reported £3.5 million ($4.5million), failed to make the England squad for the World Cup despite playing in all but one of the qualifiers.“It’s definitely the right time for me to move on,” Hart told Clarets Player. “They (Manchester City) are doing fantastic and I’m very happy for them. They need to go on and do their thing and I need to do mine.“I feel good. I feel like I’m in the right place and I feel like this is my time to kick on now.”Hart, who has 75 England caps, faces a battle for the number one spot at Burnley. He will be competing against two fellow England internationals, Nick Pope and Tom Heaton, as well as Anders Lindegaard.Signing a goalkeeper became imperative for Burnley manager Sean Dyche — Pope is out for an indeterminate amount of time with a dislocated shoulder while Heaton has also been struggling for fitness.Burnley have a Europa League qualifier looming against Istanbul Basaksehir on Thursday and begin their Premier League campaign against Southampton on Sunday.City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak hailed Hart’s enormous contribution to the success of the Premier League champions since he joined 12 years ago.“Joe Hart’s contribution to Manchester City cannot be overstated,” Al Mubarak said in a statement on Manchester City’s website.“His 12 years at the club has seen him produce some remarkable performances and heart-stopping saves that will live in the memory for a long time to come.”Hart, who last played for England in a friendly against Brazil in November 2017, was a pivotal member of the City sides that won Premier League titles in 2012 and 2014.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Former England goalkeeper Joe Hart has signed for Burnley © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 7 – Joe Hart said it was the right time to leave Manchester City after Burnley announced on Tuesday they had signed the former England goalkeeper on a two-year deal.Hart played almost 350 games for the reigning Premier League champions, establishing himself as number one for club and country, but fell down the pecking order after Pep Guardiola took the helm at City in 2016.
Following Manchester United’s humiliating 4-0 defeat at the hands of League One outfit MK Dons it could be back to the drawing board for Louis van Gaal.After a promising pre-season, the Dutchman’s 3-5-2 formation, which was a huge hit for the Netherlands at this summer’s World Cup, has faltered and put their defensive frailties on show for all to see.A 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford to Swansea City and a 1-1 draw with Sunderland so far in the Premier League have left the Red Devils with plenty to do at an early stage, if they are to get back into the top four this campaign.So just how can Van Gaal change things with his under-performing stars? talkSPORT takes a look at the systems he could switch to…4-4-2A rock solid two banks of four used to be the way to go in the Premier League, before a more continental 4-2-3-1 became popular, giving managers the ability to play with two strikers, but also create a firm defensive base.The arrival of Angel di Maria, who can play on the wing, would allow Van Gaal to make this switch, but concerns could come with where Juan Mata would fit into this system. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho ditched the Spaniard after questioning his work-rate and playing him along side Ander Herrera in central midfield could leave Man United exposed if he doesn’t do his defensive duties.One solution could be to squeeze this tactic into an attacking diamond formation, but this could restrict the influence of wingers Antonio Valencia and Di Maria, leaving Herrera with too much to do while shielding the centre backs, but with Wayne Rooney able to drop back it could see them win the majority of midfield battles.How it could look:3-4-3Van Gaal is well versed with this system having used it as Ajax triumphed in the 1995 Champions League final, but due to Man United’s current defensive limitations it’s unlikely he would risk such a tacitc.The Red Devils certainly have the players to contribute in an attacking sense but with no Edgar Davids-style midfield warrior to help shield the back three it could see them concede more in the long run and probably isn’t as viable as a 4-3-3 formation and would make the signing of Southampton starlet Luke Shaw seem rather redundant.How it could look:4-3-3This is perhaps the most likely change Van Gaal will make to his tactics as it enables him to push Di Maria into a central role alongside the rambunctious Herrera and either Adnan Januzaj or Tom Cleverley.With Spain star Herrera tackling and one of the latter two acting as a playmaker it allows new signing Di Maria to go on marauding runs forward to assist a narrow front three, spearheaded by Robin van Persie.Van Gaal loves his full-backs to get up and down the pitch and in this system he will need Shaw to be up to speed along with Brazilian right-back Rafael as they will be crucial to its success.How it could look:4-2-3-1If Van Gaal is looking to shore up his defence and give it even more protection he could switch to this formation, but it could stifle his attackers if the double pivot fails to provide the right kind of service to the forward line.We could see Phil Jones pushed up alongside Herrera into a midfield role, which Sir Alex Ferguson did to the young England star on a number of occasions as he acclimatised to life at Old Trafford.Meanwhile, Mata, Rooney and Di Maria could all rotate positions behind Van Persie, who would surely relish the service that might be laid on for him.How it could look:VerdictIt appears a fluid 4-3-3 looks to be the formation that would bring the best out of the current Manchester United side, when at full strength.Defensively it offers a return to the normality of a flat back four, which seems sensible considering the only Premier League side in recent years who have seen results using three centre backs is Hull City.Meanwhile, going forward, it enables a number of players to display their creativity and burst forward to support their talented frontline, who, in theory should thrive, but will Van Gaal want to switch things so early on in his Man United tenure? 1 Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal
Pochettino is especially touched by the memory of Emery, who at 47 is a year older then the Tottenham boss, recommending he replace him at Valencia when the latter left for Spartak Moscow in 2012.Pochettino declined the offer, preferring to remain at the less prestigious La Liga outfit Espanyol, and insists that their roles at the head of such big rivals will not affect their friendship.“The opposite I think,” said Pochettino “Of course we are in different clubs and it is a derby we are going to play.“In the moment we are going to compete, we are going to try to find the way to beat each other but before and after the game (we are) always very good friends.”Pochettino, who has garnered much praise for the style his young team play although they are yet to win any silverware in his four years in charge, says he is still moved by Emery’s generous gesture.“I called Unai who was in Spartak Moscow and said, ‘Thank you very much for recommending me’. I chose to stay at Espanyol at the time,” said the Argentinian. “I am loyal.”“You need to ask him (why he recommended me), I didn’t ask why. You need to say thank you and be grateful when a colleague — and after someone who became a very good friend (does that).“It’s not usual that a manager recommends another manager when he leaves the club.”Pocchetino will have his work cut out on Sunday. Tottenham have not won away at Arsenal since 2010 and that 3-2 win remains Spurs’ only win at the Gunners in their last 25 meetings.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino says his friendship with Arsenal counterpart Unai Emery will still be as strong post the North London derby © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 1 – Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is not going to let the north London derby clash on Sunday affect his friendship with Arsenal boss Unai Emery.The two old friends will meet for the first time in the Premier League with third-placed Spurs three points better off than the Gunners.
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… 1
Standing outside the Port Road location of the new Donegal Intercultural Platform drop-in service which takes place on Friday afternoons in the Letterkenny office of Donegal Travellers Project. Pictured are representatives of both organisations: Paul Kernan, Siobhán McLaughlin, Catherine Conaghan, Georgina Aduboahene, Paula Leonard, and Billy Banda.A new drop-in service where everyone will be welcomed by a cup of tea, a chat, and assistance with any issues that they may be having with housing, social welfare, education, and more has opened in Letterkenny.The Donegal Intercultural Platform works for equality, empowerment, and justice for minority communities in the county and hopes to develop the Friday drop-in service as a real benefit for all of the communities in Letterkenny.The drop-in will be open on Fridays, starting on 13th February, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Port House on the Port Road in the ground-floor office formerly occupied by the Port na Fáilte Intercultural Resource Centre and now home to Donegal Travellers Project (DTP). “On Friday afternoons Donegal Travellers Project have made their reception area available from 2 p.m., so the drop-in will be open from then to 5 as a place where everyone can be sure of a warm welcome and support with any issues they might have in areas such as housing, welfare, and employment,” said Platform Co-Chair Paul Kernan. “We might not be able to solve the problem, but we will be able to put them in contact with someone who can.”Platform Co-Chair Billy Banda said the new drop-in will provide a base for responding to the numerous requests for assistance with housing issues that he receives from members of minority ethnic communities.“I spent the last two days helping someone from the African community who’s being evicted to get themselves new housing,” said Billy, a candidate in the recent local elections who is originally from South Africa.“The Platform’s drop-in service will be a place where people can get a welcome, a listening ear, and help with issues that need resolution. We are well placed to know who can help and how to help.” Donegal Intercultural Platform was founded in 2010 as a group which advocates on behalf of minority ethnic and cultural groups in Donegal through promotion of understanding and respect among all of the different communities in the county. The Platform has links with regional and national organisations, including the Migrant Rights Centre and ENAR Ireland, and campaigns for social progress and against racism, sectarianism, and exploitation.The new drop-in service builds on the experience that Platform members have gained over the past five years in promoting inclusion, assisting with intercultural training programmes delivered by DTP, and producing community celebration events and youth and community projects.Platform member Georgina Aduboahene, who is originally from Ghana, said the drop-in will be a place where members of minority ethnic communities are able to share strategies for addressing some of the social and cultural challenges that they experience in Ireland.“Kids suffer more when they move to a different country and a different culture,” she said. “The way we were brought up back home is different from the way it is here. At school our kids see teenagers doing things that they want to do too, but their parents are expecting them to live like they’re back home. That’s how kids experience conflict and confusion.”Ms. Aduboahene is currently working on a report for the Platform which is based on responses to a survey that asked members of minority ethnic communities about their experiences of life in Donegal. In the coming months the Platform, which has a Facebook page, is planning to begin publishing a newsletter. Anyone who wants more information about Donegal Intercultural Platform’s new Letterkenny drop-in service on Friday afternoons in Port House on the Port Road is asked to ring the Platform on (086) 879 9889, Billy on (086) 123 3530, or Paul on (086) 084 1433.A WARM WELCOME AWAITS AT NEW INTERCULTURAL DROP-IN CENTRE was last modified: February 12th, 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:drop-in centreletterkenny
Gert Eksteen is the Reservations Manager at the Shandon Hotel & Spa at Marble Hill – winners of yet another award last week.Gert is originally from South Africa but is now definitely an honorary Donegal man.He started in the Shandon not long after the hotel opened its doors again and his potential, commitment and enthusiasm was quickly identified which result in him moving through the ranks to Reservations Manager. Shandon Hotel & Spa, Regional winner of ‘Hotel of the Year’ at the HotelAwards IrelandHere’s Gert’s My Donegal:What is your favourite place in Donegal and why?Marble Hill beach because it’s nice and peaceful for relaxing walks and Slieve League for its natural beauty and stunning views. I am totally spoilt with the views I have from my workplace and I am always drawn to the coast, there is just something about it!What would your ideal day off in Donegal be like?Will start off with breakfast in The Narrow Quater in Kerrykeel followed by a drive out to Fanad Head and swing back for an afternoon walk on Rathmullan beach if the weather allows it. If it’s raining or too cold, my ideal day off would have to be spent here in the Shandon Spa. It’s nice that you can relax in the warmth of the thermal spa whilst watching the rain come over the bay, it’s hard to beat that! Who is the one person in Donegal you look up to and why?Have to say really look up to our manager Carolynne Harrison, her passion and drive in hospitality is truly admirable and inspiring, she is a great teacher and mentor. She is firm but very fair. The trick is, bring her coffee every so often and she is happy, Carolynne without coffee, not so good LOL!Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?Tough choice haha but have to go with Packie Bonner.What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years? Has to be being named coolest place on the planet by National Geographic and also winning the All Ireland final in 2012. In terms of hospitality, I’m very proud that the Shandon has managed to stay open and very busy right through the winter, I think people are realising how lovely it is to visit the Donegal coast in Winter!If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?Definitely the public transport infrastructure especially the lack of train infrastructure. The parking situation at Marble Hill Beach in the high season is certainly a big issue.What is your favourite Donegal-made product? Oh has to be Football Special and of course the Shandon’s homemade Guinness bread!Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why?For me, I would have to say the late Manus Kelly, I think the whole county came to a standstill on that very sad day, he is a legend.Who is Donegal’s most successful business person person in your opinion?To be honest I think Deirdre Mc Glone, they faced a lot of challenges when they opened Harvey’s Point yet her and her family managed to make it one of the best & highly regarded hotels in the country.Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Not a big sports follower but has to be Michael MurphyWhat is your favourite Donegal restaurant?Of course it has to be Marbles Restaurant in the Shandon Hotel, it’s a real treat and perfect for a celebration but I also love the Narrow Quarter in Kerrykeel for brunch or lunch.What would your ideal day in Donegal consist of?Start with a nice walk on the beach followed by a spot of lunch and finish the day with a nice hike around Glenveagh National ParkWhat is your favourite Donegal expression?“It’s a wile day hi” & “sure it’ll be grand”, our general manager always says it’ll be grand and in fairness, it usually always is!What is the biggest challenge facing Donegal in 2019?I think a lot of rural tourism and hospitality businesses are facing the challenge of the VAT increase and will definitely feel the effects in the winter months. I think border towns have been totally ‘shafted’ because not only are we trying to manage the VAT increase, we have also got to manage the poor GBP to Euro exchange rate when a lot of border counties depend heavily on the NI & UK trade, on top of that we have the uncertainty of Brexit which is also resulting in the consumer holding on to their cash a little tighter.What is your favourite Donegal food?Good Fish & Chips from the Seafood Shack in Killybegs.Is there anything about Donegal or Donegal people which really annoys you?Sometimes the lack of urgency in people can be a bit annoying, there is no rush to get something done but yet again, that quality can also be very endearing!If you had a million euro to spend improving something in Donegal what would you spend it on?I would spend it on getting more tourists to the rural parts of North Donegal where the true beauty of the county is.What has been the most exciting moment of your career so far?When I started working in the Shandon Hotel I truly found my passion for the hotel industry and working my way up in the ranksIs there anything about Donegal that you’re really proud of?The true beauty of the county and the friendliness and acceptance of Donegal people… not being a born native of Donegal it really has become my home in the past 15yrs.Would you like to take part in the My Donegal series? Email us at email@example.comMy Donegal – with the Shandon Hotel’s Gert Eksteen was last modified: October 30th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:gert EksteenMY DONEGALShandon Hotel and Spa