first_imgHIGHER POWER TRIES TURF FOR THE FIRST TIME AND GOES GATE TO WIRE TO WIN $77,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY A HALF LENGTH; VAN DYKE & SADLER TEAM FOR ONE MILE WIN IN 1:34.63 ARCADIA, Calif. (June 14, 2019)–In his second start for trainer John Sadler, Higher Power tried turf for the first time and controlled proceedings with aplomb, as he took Friday’s $77,000 Santa Anita allowance feature under Drayden Van Dyke by a half length.  Owned by Hronis Racing, LLC, the striking 4-year-old colt by Medaglia d’Oro added blinkers today and got a flat mile in 1:34.63.Breaking from the rail in a field of six horses three and up, Higher Power, who came off a fifth place finishing going a mile and one quarter in the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita May 27, made an easy lead and was in total command throughout, holding Ritzy A. P. at bay late for an impressive victory.Off at 2-1, Higher Power paid $6.40, $4.20 and $2.60.“We purchased him out of a sale in March and his previous trainer, Mike Stidham, said that he thought he’d like the grass,” said Sadler when asked about the change in surface. “Irad Ortiz Jr. rode him for here in the Gold Cup and he said he thought a mile and one eighth would probably be better for him.  We wanted to try the grass and it looks like the change in surface suited him well.”Based at Fairgrounds in New Orleans over the winter, Higher Power, who is out of the Seattle Slew mare Alternate, notched his fourth win from 11 overall starts and with the winner’s share of $46,200, increased his earnings to $182,748.Ridden by Flavien Prat, Ritzy A. P., who sat second virtually the entire trip, was headed by third place finisher Souter turning for home, but outgamed him by a neck for second money.  Off at 5-1, Ritzy A. P. paid $6.00 and $3.60.English-bred Souter, who sat third to the far turn, loomed dangerously at the top of the lane, but was third best on the day and finished 1 ¾ lengths in front of Blended Citizen.  Ridden by Norberto Arroyo, Jr., Souter was off at 7-2 and paid $3.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.78, 47.39, 1:10.99 and 1:22.74.last_img read more

A simple futuristic vision for a modern Guyana

first_imgDear Editor,Below are some of my suggestions and deliberations on Guyana’s oil wealth and the way forward for a prosperous and united Guyana for all.1. First, and of utmost importance, we need a hydroelectric power plant. In this way, the cost of everyday necessary expenses will decrease. For example, we will only have to pay 10 per cent for electricity, water, internet of what we are paying now, and we will be able to afford air conditioning, electric stove for cooking etc to drastically improve our living conditions at a very low cost. Electricity is the utmost power, not man, even though man invented it.2. Three solidly structured bridges across the three main rivers Berbice, Demerara and Essequibo. This will help in integration and faster delivery of goods and services and access to more lands. Government still has to collect tolls on these bridges but a small amount reasonable to the citizenry of Guyana.3. Our own oil refinery so we can maximise on oil revenue by way of transparency and by-products.4. All-weather roads from Georgetown to Lethem and from Crabwood Creek to Orealla5. A piece of land, free of all charges and expenses to be given to every Guyanese aged 18-60 who is living here permanently who doesn’t own a transport title. This must be a priority and must be done urgently.6. Duty-free concession for a vehicle to be given to each Guyanese citizen living here from the ages between 18-60. One concession in their lifetime regardless of vehicle size and engine capacity.7. Borders to be properly secured. Stringent measures should be put in place. This should be a top priority on the list of security measures.8. An agriculture hub. This is more important for after oil money we want a piece of fertile Guyana where you created a smart agricultural hub for agricultural produces strictly for export markets with the highest technology for cattle, poultry, crops, manufacturing assemble plants etc. We must create for this part of Guyana we choose, to have access to air, sea and land transportation. This modern agricultural hub with its plants etc must cater for 400,000 workers when completed and be handed over to Guyanese to own, operate and manage. Guyanese can pay back for it by way of an arrangement with Government. Government must concentrate on collecting taxes not to own, manage or run any business sectorLastly on agriculture, most nations built their foundations on agriculture since ancient times before oil no one dreamt of and now our world’s population is growing at a fast rate – there are seven billion of us and growing on planet earth. We will have more and more mouths to feed. There is no substitute for freshly grown food but now a lot of renewable energy sources have sprung up like solar, wind, hydroelectric dam, and electric vehicles and so on so. In time, fossil fuel will be obsolete so we have an all-weather climate and land, we have to utilise the money in that direction for a sustainable future for our children and grandchildren and future generations to come. God gave us a chance so we need to utilise the oil revenue in a bliss way so we, all Guyanese, can prosper and carve out the path for our children of the future Guyanese generation to tread on our path we have left behind for them.9. National Assembly members should be 18-60 years old, let young and fresh and active brains take over, over 60 years, go home, retire and enjoy your golden years ahead and reminisce on your past achievements10. The President of Guyana should be able to run for more than 2 terms. This should be left open, let the citizenry of Guyana decide by their vote11. Income tax should reduce to 10 per cent. This way the citizenry will have more spending power and put more energy and zest into the population.12. Citizenship. Guyanese citizens living here solely for the past 20 years and above and between the ages of 18-60 must be given the right to sponsor one person in their lifetime – any foreign nationals – into Guyana with certain criteria for the potential immigrant etc, deportations for any criminal activity they may commit here etc. And the sponsors remain responsible for the immigrant until a certain number of years living here and until they gain citizenship stipulated by the Government.The Government must not bestow citizenship to any foreign nationals, it must be left solely on the citizenry13. Scholarships should be given to the 100 top students every year. Every single penny should be paid by the State until they finish their studies and return to Guyana and commence work here with the State for a specific time determined by the State.14. Banks. More foreign banking institutions should be encouraged to invest in Guyana. More competition is good for the people of Guyana. Lower interest rates and other benefits etc.15. Rehabilitation of all public buildings into concrete structures16. Build the bridge between Guyana and Suriname. This will be the final connectivity in the western hemisphere17. The remaining oil blocks that are not tendered out shall remain until the Government formulates an agreement that is conducive to both parties, the Government and the potential tenants and mainly the Guyanese populaceWith all these things implemented, Guyanese will have a life worth living and a land of paradise on earth given our meagre population with the enormous wealth in its path furthermore, Guyanese will not need any cash incentive or handout from oil money, they will become self-sufficient and independent gradually.Whichever Government implements these hardcore projects, they have a vision for Guyana and with these measures, the benefits of oil prosperity will trickle down to each and every single Guyanese living here. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to comprehend this.Sincerely,Sarvanand J Persaudlast_img read more

McGee clarifies All-Ireland Final statement

first_imgFormer Donegal GAA star Eamon McGee has clarified what he meant when he spoke about Donegal’s preparation for their All-Ireland final with Mayo in 2012. McGee, who retired this year after a wonderful career, joined David Brady and Aaron Kernan on ‘Off The Ball’ on Newstalk.McGee said that two members of the panel went for two pints on the night they discovered who there opposition in the All-Ireland Final would be. This was initially misinterpreted in the media, with reports suggesting the two Donegal players in question had two pints on the night before the All-Ireland Final.Donegal Daily have spoken with Eamon McGee and he has stressed that this is not accurate and he never said that and it was misinterpreted by the media – Donegal Daily are happy to clarify this.McGee’s story was meant as a compliment to Mayo, as he added that just two years later they were hoping to meet Kerry in the All-Ireland, as they wanted to avoid Mayo.He also said that the team and management would never even think about doing that the night before a match. McGee clarifies All-Ireland Final statement was last modified: September 20th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ALL-IRELAND FINALEamon McGeeGAAnewsSportlast_img read more


first_imgOutspoken Sunday World sports writer Roy Curtis has taken another dig at Jim McGuinness and his team – despite Donegal’s superb All-Ireland semi-final victory against Dublin.Roy Curtis – the man Donegal GAA fans love to hate!Curtis has been lambasted by GAA fans here in Donegal for a number of critical articles he has penned about Donegal.A few weeks ago he called Jim McGuinness a ‘buffoon’ as well as predicting the Dubs would brush past the challenge of the Ulster champions with ease. Now Curtis has had the neck to say that Jim McGuinness was just seconds from being humiliated by Dublin at Croke Park.Curtis said, “Those who deem Jim McGuinness a worker of miracles forget that he was one kick away from a second humiliation in a little less than 13 months.“Connolly’s goal chance is converted and Dublin are home free, they might have won by twenty. But they didn’t,” he said.But he adds “As somebody who has been slow to acclaim McGuinness – the distaste at his treatment of Kevin Cassidy and Declan Bogue, the suspicion of his fervour for messianic self-promotion are undimmed – it would be mean-spirited, juvenile not to salute his finest hour. “And this was his finest hour, the afternoon he became Hercules.”Curtis does heap praise on Donegal’s new sensation Ryan McHugh who he admits is currently favorite for the Player of the Year Award. UPROAR AS SUNDAY WORLD MAN CLAIMS DONEGAL WERE SECONDS FROM ‘ANOTHER HUMILIATION’ was last modified: September 8th, 2014 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:donegalGAAJim McGuinnessRoy Curtissunday worldlast_img read more

New dad Martin scoops €37,000 including a car on Winning Streak!

first_imgNew dad Martin Johnston from Donegal town got parenthood off to a great start when he scooped €37,000 in prizes, including a new car, on the RTE Winning Streak game show.Martin (31) wasn’t watching Winning Streak when his name was pulled out by Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy to appear on the show the previous weekend as he was busy looking after his new-born baby daughter, Katelyn, who was born on September 24th!Martin met his wife Ciara in Australia in 2011 while both were travelling and the couple married in April 2016. A large entourage travelled to the RTE studios to support Martin last Saturday including his mum and dad, Kathleen and Tony, and his sisters, Fiona and Regina and brother Thomas.He purchased his Winning Streak scratch card at XL McNulty’s Orchard Park, Drumrooske, Co. Donegal.Martin is a coach driver for Liam Conneely coach tours in Killybegs and is a keen dart thrower. He plays for the Coach House Bar in Donegal town, who are in the Donegal Dart league.A total of €232,000 was won by five lucky players on the third Winning Streak show of the new season, presented by Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy. Winning Streak scratch cards offer a range of great instant cash prizes plus a 3-star prize, which gives players the opportunity to enter a draw to appear on the gameshow. Five players are selected to appear on the Winning Streak TV Gameshow and win up to €500,000 instantly on the Grand Prize Wheel.Winning Streak scratch cards also offer players the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime luxury cruise for two worth €5,000. To enter the draw for the Luxury Cruise for two, entrants must collect the 3 letters S-E-A from the stub portion of their Winning Streak scratch card and send those into the National Lottery in the special grey stub envelope which are available from National Lottery retail sales agents.The Winning Streak TV Gameshow is based solely on chance and there is no skill involved. To enter, players must submit a 3-star ticket in one of the special 3-star envelopes, which are available from all National Lottery Retail Sales Agents. On the Thursday preceding the gameshow, one hundred 3-star entries are drawn randomly in a preliminary draw that takes place under strict security controls in National Lottery offices. From these 100 entries, the five players for the following show are drawn and their names are featured on the gameshow.New dad Martin scoops €37,000 including a car on Winning Streak! was last modified: October 10th, 2017 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:donegalMartin JohnstonRTEWinning Streaklast_img read more

Is the Universe Hole-y?

first_imgCosmologists are trying to avoid a void.  Since astronomers at U of Minnesota announced a gaping hole in a distant part of the universe, representing a region of space devoid of matter a billion light-years across, others are scrambling to discern what it means.  The issue was discussed on EurekAlert, BBC News, Science Now, and Space.com.  It even made the nightly TV news.    The Minnesota team compared observations from the Very Large Array of radio telescopes with WMAP data, and looked closer at a region showing a remarkable drop in the number of galaxies in a region toward the constellation Eridanus.  Other voids have been detected in the past, but never one this large.  “Astronomers don’t know why the hole is there,” said science writer Robert Roy Britt.  Others don’t know that it’s there.Cosmological observations are so deeply intertwined with theory, it is often hard to tell the one from the other.  The hole could be real, or it could be an artifact of the theory and techniques used.  Some cosmologists (see the BBC article) are claiming this a confirmation of dark energy.  ScienceNow said it contradicts the inflation theory.  And it quoted one astronomer who thought the conclusion was premature.  The Minnesota team said their announcement will need independent confirmation, so it is unwise to lean too heavily on the reports.  Still, it’s fun to see scientists get surprised once in awhile.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Youth the key to competitiveness and growth in Africa

first_img6 May 2016Brand South Africa presented an overview of the organisation and its efforts to encourage competitiveness in Africa at the 2016 Junior Chamber International (JCI) Africa and Middle East Conference, held in Johannesburg from 4 to 7 May 2016. The organisation presented during the conference’s Active Citizenship Workshop on 5 May 2016.Brand SA talking vision 2013 and active citizenship at the JCI Africa and the Middle East Conference. #JCIAMEC pic.twitter.com/LkZ9cnFiqt— Tshepo Thlaku (@Thlaku) May 5, 2016CEO Kingsley Makhubela also gave a keynote address on nation branding and the power of the youth in strengthening the nation brand.The Active Citizenship Workshop, presented by members of JCI Africa, focused on encouraging young people to become partners in progress for socioeconomic development. The aim of the workshop, and the conference itself, was to harness effective youth development practices to engage young people in the active roles they can take to build social cohesion.Delegates included JCI president Paschal Dike of Nigeria, and Tshepo Thlaku, chairman of the 2016 JIC event and president of JCI South Africa.The BSA presentation highlighted the many strides the country has made in building its reputation in Africa and the world. It also looked at the social and economic advancement of the country through active citizenship and a strong focus on trade and industrial competitiveness.The presentation aimed, in the words of the Brand South Africa slogan, to inspire new ways to motivate other African countries to become storytellers for the continent.#LatestIssue: @Brand_SA CEO Kingsley Makhubela on branding SA positively despite issues: https://t.co/ftCdU7EL4D pic.twitter.com/7L9WUSlGq9— Destiny Man (@Destiny_Man) March 31, 2016In his keynote address, Makhubela spoke about how young people have the ability and passion to continuously change the world. He used the examples of both the 40th anniversary of the 1976 Soweto student uprisings and last year’s #FeesMustFall demonstrations.“South African youth demonstrated how they could come together and collectively fight for a cause that would change the conditions for millions of young people in our country,” Makhubela said. “Education is a critical enabler for development and equally for national competitiveness. The youth of South Africa did more than just fight for no increases and additional funds, they are fighting for the country’s very development.”Turning to global issues, particularly those affecting Africa and the Middle East, Makhubela said youth power was key to spreading democracy and reducing inequality. “Young people are playing a critical role in raising levels of awareness about the unsustainability of current frameworks and paradigms,” he said.Concluding, Makhubela emphasised that young people must understand that with every right comes a responsibility to change the world without destroying it. He quoted the African Union’s Agenda 2063 for long term growth and development on the continent, which states: “Present generations are confident that the destiny of Africa is in their hands, and that we must act now to shape the future we want.”Annually, the JCI conference brings together over 1 000 young active citizens, representing more than 50 partner countries from Africa, the Middle East and Europe. The attendees participate in a host of inspirational sessions, practical workshops, meetings with important political and economic players, as well as fun social events. These all encourage emerging young talent to share best practices, exchange ideas and determine the future of the organisation and the young people in the regions it represents.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Are you travel ready?

first_img18 December 2015As the December break begins, the Department of Home Affairs has launched a campaign to urge all South Africans to make sure they are “travel ready” before they go on holiday – particularly if they are travelling with children.Find out more about new requirements for children travelling through South African ports of entry – effective 1 June 2015 – on the Department of Home Affairs website.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img

Lepley Farms finds balance in growing herd and compliance with new barn

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag NetFor a few years now, Dave Lepley has been contemplating expanding his Huron County cattle herd. He knew he wanted to grow the number of head on his farm, but if he was going to take a big step in that direction, he wanted to do it the right way.“We had a bed-pack dry lot with about 300 head and as we did research for expansion we came across the idea for this new cattle barn,” Lepley said. “We wanted to comply with a lot of different things. We had to have cattle comfort, we had to have compliance with EPA rules because of our proximity to Lake Erie so we wanted to be sure that as we built our herd size we could house them all in one facility.”The result is a 101-foot by 321-foot by16-foot indoor feedlot facility in Bellevue permitted to hold 1,000 head of cattle.“We traveled to many states and toured many barns and decided to go with a gable roof barn,” Lepley said. “It has a full liner underneath the pit so we can hold at least 400 days worth of manure so we can apply our nutrients when we can versus when we have to. In the spring, it typically stays wetter, longer in this region. We do have our dry periods in August and September but the crops are still in the field, so we have to push our manure hauling away from the wintertime and early spring when it is so wet to fall. There was really no way we could build a dry pack manure holding facility. We knew if we were going to expand we were going to have to hold liquid manure.”The pit is 12 feet deep and the eaves are 16 feet high so air flow, one of the items of Lepley’s wish list for expansion, is not a problem. Good nutrition was also on that list.“We are on a higher fiber ration. We use silage, wet distillers’ grain, cracked corn and a supplement,” Lepley said. “For our current herd, the barn average is eating about 46 pounds per head, per day. Our rate of gain is about 3,000 pounds of meat a day for just over 1,000 head. You can tell they are happy when that is happening.”Part of that happiness comes from another feature of Lepley’s new barn — all of the pens are lined with rubber.“You hear a lot of stories about livestock facilities before the rubber was put on the slats about how uncomfortable the cattle were,” Lepley said. “Our experience with our first cattle in this barn was that they arrived at 380 pounds and we didn’t have any issues with legs and they were comfortable until they were ready for market.”And Lepley says he is hoping this new facility will bring some comfort to those living around his area as well.“We are trying to be the best neighbors and the best stewards of the land that we can be,” Lepley said. “With Lake Erie being so close we are really focused on that. We work closely with the Ohio Department of Agriculture. They come and tour our facility at least twice a year. We have a monitoring well for all ground waters around here. We send our samples in and things come back looking really good.”The barn was constructed by Summit Livestock Facilities and their beef specialist Mike Schluttenhofer has been a part of the process since day 1.“This barn is all designed around air flow and sunlight,” Schluttenhofer said. “It’s broken into eight pens and it has a valley down the center for feed and the pit extends 10 feet past the south side of the barn to add a little bit more holding capacity.”Barns like the one on Lepley’s farm are also very beneficial when it comes to putting together a Crop Nutrient Management Plan.“When the manure is taken out of the pit and put onto the fields, they are able to track how much is put on each field so that they can cut down on the leaching of nutrients into the creeks, Schluttenhofer said.These types of facilities are becoming more common across the countryside as Ohio cattlemen work to protect the environment and maximize the returns on their investment.“There is a lot more indoor cattle feeding going on now with new regulations,” Schluttenhofer said. “It’s getting to be a pretty popular idea to control your manure and feed cattle inside. It is just a more efficient way to run a livestock operation. It’s a way to increase revenue without picking up extra acres of ground, which are hard to get these days.”last_img read more

Congress’s Vishwajeet Kadam files nomination for Assembly bypoll

first_imgCongress leader Vishwajeet Kadam on Monday filed his nomination for the bypoll to Palus-Kadegaon Assembly seat in Maharashtra’s Sangli district.The bypoll, scheduled on May 28, has been necessitated because of the death of sitting Congress MLA and former Minister Patangrao Kadam. The Congress has now fielded his son Vishwajeet Kadam from the seat in the by-election. He had unsuccessfully contested from the Pune Lok Sabha seat in the 2014 elections. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has not yet announced its candidate for the bypoll. The counting of votes will be held on May 31. Vishwajeet Kadam inherits a strong legacy from his father in the form of control over a Sangli-based cooperative sugar mill, several dairies, educational institutes and cooperative societies in the western Maharashtra district. The winner of the bypoll will hold the office for just over a year, as the term of the current Assembly ends in October 2019.last_img read more