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Nelson shines with three-timer

first_imgThree-time champion jockey Dane Nelson started the new season with a bang at Caymanas Park yesterday, thanks to three winners on the CTL Fan Appreciation Day programme.His winners included TARANIS (7-2) in the opening race over 1300 metres for the New Year’s Day Trophy.Nelson also won the fourth race with 4-1 chance PRINCESS SHEMIKA for trainer Steven Todd and came back in the closing race to win aboard the lightly raced 5-1 shot RAS EMANUEL for trainer Peter McMaster over 1200 metres.On an eventful day which saw the stewards of the meet disqualifying two winners, Nelson was actually first past the post a fourth time on PAPER N LACE (3-1) for trainer Fitzgerald Richards in division one of the McKay Security Trophy, only to be disqualified and placed sixth, this for causing interference to highly fancied OH MY GRAND PA (4-1) in the early stages of the event. The race was awarded to long-time leader GRAN CORAZON, the 5-2 favourite.Despite the misfortune, Nelson, champion jockey from 2012 to 2014, said he was happy to emerge the leading rider with a triple on the first day.”I am pleased with all aspects of my riding, and although the plan is to do another stint in North America on and off this season, mainly at Woodbine in Toronto, Canada, I will always do well here for the benefit of my fans,’ said Nelson, who is popularly called ‘The Warrior Chief’.The Richard Azan-trained 4-y-o gelding TARANIS ran on strongly to win the New Year’s Day Trophy in a driving finish from highlyfancied SOUTHERN CRUISE(5-2) with newly crowned champion jockey Shane Ellis aboard, this after the howling 1-5 favourite DRIPPING IN GOLD led untilgiving way to the third horseSHINING LIGHT (6-1) early in the straight.Division two of the McKay Security Trophy provided a runaway win for 7-5 second favourite PERFECT FLYER with Ellis riding for trainer Dwight Chen and owner Howard Hamilton. And the day’s principal feature for the Fan Appreciation Day Trophy over 1820 metres (overnight allowance) was won by 1-2 favourite ALL CORRECT in a stirring finish from the fast-finishing duo of HOUDINI’S MAGIC (5-2) and BRAWN (3-1) in a field of nine.The winner, a 7-y-o gelding by Storm Craft out of Royal Pizzaz, was ridden by former champion Omar Walker for 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta and owners the Velvet Glove.WARRIOR PRINCESS (5-1, made all) with Robert Halledeen aboard was the other winner to be disqualified in the second race and first place awarded to LEGENDARY PLEASURE (3-1) with whom she had interfered in the straight.last_img read more

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Robbery duo jailed for 2015 Caneview Avenue robbery

first_imgLambico McKenzie, 29, a construction worker of 29 East Ruimveldt Housing Scheme, and William Evans, 24, of 444 East Ruimveldt Housing Scheme were both found guilty on Thursday by Magistrate Judy Latchman for a 2015 robbery under arms charge.It was alleged that on February 6, 2015, while at South Ruimveldt Park, the duo armed with a knife, robbed Marissa Hohenkirk of her Apple iPhone, one gold chain, gold and diamond ring and three gold bands. They had fled the scene on bicycles.The duo was subsequently apprehended by the Police after Hohenkirk reportedly chased after them with her vehicle and knocked them over.The court’s ruling was made in the absence of the number one accused Tambico McKenzie.McKenzie will now spend the next four years eleven months behind bars while his accomplice Evans will serve three years, after being found guilty as charged.After the final sum of the case was made, Magistrate Latchman said the court was satisfied with the evidence and testimonies submitted, and she believes the defendants planned and indeed robbed Hohenkirk of her belongings.However, it was revealed by the prosecution, that McKenzie is no stranger to the court since he had spent a small stint in the Camp Street Prison for assault.This was taken into consideration by Magistrate Latchman before handing down the sentences. Evans was granted a lesser prison sentence based on the fact he spent over a year on remand.last_img read more

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Top Cop appointment “soon” – Ramjattan

first_imgFollowing last week’s approval of the nominees for the much-anticipated Police Service Commission (PSC), Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan has assured that the appointment of a new Commissioner of Police will be imminent.Ramjattan explained during a press engagement on Friday that the President was awaiting the appointment of the PSC, since he is required by the Constitution to have meaningful consultations with the Chairman, as well as with the Opposition Leader in terms of appointing a new Top Cop.“That is why we are trying to get the Police Service Commission reconstituted and then thereafter, the President would meaningfully consult with the Commission members or the Chairman and then the Leader of the Opposition, and then he would have to make a decision based on all those considerations… bt expect the appointment soon,” Ramjattan said.Further asked whether this appointment will be done within the Guyana Police Force’s anniversary month (July), the Public Security Minister said, “sometimes we politicians misspeak, and it might not happen but the fact that it has now gone through the process of coming out of Parliament, those names from the appointments committee, I am certain it will be constituted quickly and then the President will move on to have his meaningful consultations.”Moreover, when questioned about the scores if the Force’s eight Assistant Commissioners of Police who were interviewed for the post at the helm of the country’s premier law enforcement agency, the Public Security Minister opted not to divulge any details, saying that it is a confidential matter and that “You’re getting into an arena you’re not supposed to get into.”Former Commissioner of Police, Seelall Persaud, went off into retirement back in February and ACP-Administrate, David Ramnarine, has been the acting Top Cop ever since. The other seven Assistant Commissioners interviewed for the post are Crime Chief Paul Williams; ACP-Operations Clifton Hicken; Force’s Finance Officer, Nigel Hoppie; A Division Commander (ag), Leslie James; substantive A Division Commander, Marlon Chapman, who is currently on leave; B Division Commander, Lyndon Alves; and for the first time, a woman contender, the ACP-Administrate II, Maxine Graham.Once the new PSC members are sworn-in and a chairman is selected, the process will move forward in appointing a new Top Cop.On Monday last, the National Assembly approved the nominations of rtired Assistant Commissioner of Police, Paul Slowe; retired Assistant Commissioner of Police, Clinton Conway; retired Woman Assistant Commissioner of Police, Vesta Adams, and retired Woman Assistant Commissioner of Police, Claire Jarvis, as new members of the PSC, which had expired since last September.However, prior to the approval, Opposition Members of Parliament had expressed concerns over the fact that there were no civilian nominees on the Commission.Meanwhile, the reconstitution of the PSC comes after there has been calls for the process to be fast-tracked, especially since there were no promotions of senior officers last year, which caused uneasiness amongst ranks.Before the life of the Commission had expired, President Granger in July 2017, had ordered that the body put the promotion of senior ranks on hold. He subsequently justified his decision and despite a court order stating that the Government had acted unconstitutionally, maintained he had had good cause for stopping the promotions.Last November, during a High Court ruling on the halting of promotion of personnel so listed, Chief Justice (acting) Roxane George established that the President did breach the Constitution when he issued a directive to halt promotions.last_img read more

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Local drag racing couple crowned champions over the weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John residents Mike and Jackie Lucas were awarded the National Hot Rod Association’s Division Six championship trophy at a banquet in Seattle over the weekend.The 35-year drag racing veterans travelled 24,000 kilometres across the U.S.A. competing in races from February to November last year. The Lucas’s compete in the Top Sportsman Worldwide class along with 751 other racers.Division Six consists of racers from B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Washington, Oregon, Montana and Idaho. There is no limit to how many events a racer can enter, however, racers must qualify and meet the given NHRA race criteria for each event. At the end of the year, a driver’s best five out of eight point totals are put towards their final totals.- Advertisement -“At each event, drag racers face off against one another,” said Mike. “With the winner advancing to the next round along with collecting points for each win, while the loser heads home. At the end of the year, the points are added up and the driver with the most points is crowned champion. The trick is to race in some outer divisional race. The more participants they are at an event the better chance you have to collect points. You could also use a bigger race and get more points you can write off an event where you get knocked on early on.”They now prepare for the 2018 season, which starts in Pomona, California in early February.last_img read more

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Caretaker kills widow, 106, and takes own life

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Both notes, which were taped to the closed door of a bedroom where the bodies were discovered, were written in Lund’s handwriting and indicated “that their time had come,” Maffei said. Godet apparently signed one note. However, police were initially investigating the case as a murder-suicide, he said. “Did she know what she was signing at 106 years old? I don’t know,” Maffei said. “She was definitely killed at the hands of another, so we have to assume it was a murder.” SAN FRANCISCO – A 106-year-old widow was strangled by her longtime caretaker, a man less than one-third her age, who then drank poison in an apparent suicide pact at the home they shared, police said. The bodies of Helen Godet and her caretaker of nine years, David Lund, were found Friday along with a pair of suicide notes indicating that Lund strangled the woman after she decided she couldn’t take her own life, San Francisco police Inspector Dennis Maffei said Tuesday. Lund, who was in his early 30s, then swallowed a fatal dose of antifreeze, authorities said. The notes were dated Dec. 27. “There are indications that it was going to be a double suicide, but she couldn’t force herself to drink the poison, so he killed her and then drank the poison,” Maffei said. last_img read more

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TOP GEAR’S JEREMY CLARKSON SPOTTED IN DUNGLOE – ERR KIND OF!

first_imgClarkson and the Stig pose for photos.There was shock and surprise in Dungloe over the weekend after Top Gear star Jeremy Clarkson was spotted holidaying in the area.The BBC driving star was first spotting filling up his car at Sharkey’s Filling Station.Locals told Clarkson about the Dungloe Festival Parade taking place later that day and he agreed to take part. Clarkson answers questions form locals before being rumbled.However what first started out as some innocent fun soon turned to concern when organisers realised the man claiming to be Clarkson was actually an imposter.It is understood the man had been using the strikingly similar looks to the BBC star to gain free food and beverages from local restaurants and bars.The parade committee have now employed the services of well-known local barrister Jimmy Sharkey in a bid to track down the imposter.Good luck with that then lads ……..!  TOP GEAR’S JEREMY CLARKSON SPOTTED IN DUNGLOE – ERR KIND OF! was last modified: August 5th, 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:BBCdungloeJeremy ClarksonJimmy SharkeyThe StigTop Gearlast_img read more

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Men’s Soccer Travels to Tulsa Saturday

first_img Live Video Drake has scored a league-best 10 goals this season with a balanced attack as seven different Bulldogs have scored at least one goal. In the match against the Broncos, sophomore forward Ryan Johnston (West Des Moines, Iowa) netted his first career goal. Live Stats TULSA, Okla. – The Drake University men’s soccer team travels to Tulsa Saturday afternoon for its lone match this week. Drake (3-3-0) and Tulsa (3-2-1) will play at 1 p.m. at Hurricane Stadium. Story Linkscenter_img The Bulldogs will look to snap a two-match losing streak when they take the pitch against the Golden Hurricane. Last weekend, DePaul rallied for a 2-1 overtime win in Des Moines and Western Michigan held on for a 2-1 win in Kalamazoo, Mich. Drake and Tulsa are reviving their longtime series as this is the first meeting since the 2013 season. Tulsa is coming off a 3-0 home defeat to Saint Louis Tuesday night. The Billikens led 1-0 at halftime and then blitzed the Golden Hurricane with two second-half goals. Giles Kuhler has scored a team-best three goals. Tulsa owns an 11-4-2 advantage in the all-time series, including a 3-0 decision in 2013. Following Saturday’s game, Drake begins Missouri Valley Conference play at Loyola on Sept. 22. Start time in Chicago is scheduled for 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN3. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Vipers make first January signing

first_img Tags: gor mahiaInnocent WafulaNoah Wafulatopvipers sc Wafula poses for a picture at the St. Mary’s Stadium in Kitende (Photo by Vipers Media)KITENDE – Former Gormahia right back Innocent Wafula has finally joined defending Champions, Vipers SC on a 3 years contract.Wafula who has for long been on the Vipers redder becomes the first signing at the Kitende based side in the January transfer window.Upon signing for the reigning StarTimes Uganda Premier League champions, he pledged to perform and help the club to achieve all trophies.“I am delighted and proud to join Vipers SC, above all become a venom, said Wafula in an interview with Vipers.com.“I really felt that the club wanted me to come.“I will give my best on the pitch and hopefully be a very good player for this team.Wafula has previously plied his trade with Chemelil Sugar FC (Kenya), Kirinya Jinja SS and Gormahia FC, the 2017/18 Kenya Premier League champions.Innocent becomes the second Wafula at Kitende as he joins attacker Noah.Vipers SC currently 2nd on the SUPL log with 26 points.They will host Onduparaka FC this Tuesday at St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende and Wafula is likely to make his debut.Comments last_img read more

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SAB wins big, greens Boks

first_imgHansa Marzen Gold is a proven winner. (Image: Philip Meech for SABMiller) The Hansa range consists of the Pilsener and Marzen Gold brands.(Image: SA Breweries) The iTQi panel of judges, hard at work. (Image: iTQi) The Springboks are the first national team to adopt a climate-friendly strategy. (Image: SA Rugby)Janine ErasmusFind out more about using MediaClubSouthAfrica.com material South African premium beer brand Hansa Marzen Gold has won a three-star Superior Taste award at the 2009 International Taste Quality Awards, held by the International Taste and Quality Institute (iTQi).The local brand, a product of South African Breweries (SAB), was the only South African representative to win a Superior Taste award at this year’s ceremony, and the only one from the continent to receive the coveted three stars.SAB is South Africa’s largest brewer and is the local division of global company SABMiller. The brewing giant was originally based in South Africa but is now a major international player through its acquisition of the Miller Brewing Company in 2002 and a flurry of other ventures in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and elsewhere in Africa.Other African iTQi winners were scarce. Three beer brands from Ghana, one of them SABMiller’s Castle Milk Stout, won one- and two-star awards, while a bottled water and a brand of pasta from the North African country of Tunisia won a two- and one-star award respectively.The finest food and drinkThe Brussels-based iTQi is an organisation of international chefs and sommeliers who annually acknowledge the finest food and drink from around the world. The programme is open to any branded or processed products that are sold in stores.Judges are drawn from 12 top culinary and sommeliers associations around Europe. The judging panel then blind-tastes the products. Because the products are presented without packaging or identification, judges are able to test fairly and without bias.iTQi is quick to stress that the Taste Quality programme is not a competition; therefore all products are evaluated on their own merits. The three-star award is the highest given by iTQi, and is indicative of “exceptional products with 90% and more of the total marks”.In 2009 a total of 796 products were tested to the judges’ exacting specifications. Of these, 161 received the one-star award, 295 won two stars, and just 69 took home a three-star award.Products that can boast the Superior Taste award gain an instant marketing edge, helped by detailed comments and suggestions from the judges, international media coverage, and differentiation from competitors.Best-selling brandHansa Marzen Gold was launched in South Africa in May 2007 as part of SAB’s best-selling Hansa brand. The launch occurred just months after Dutch-based brewer Heineken withdrew SAB’s licence to produce Amstel.While opinion at the time was dubious, with some calling the new beer a quick replacement for Amstel, the iTQi award has proven that it is a world-class product.In fact, the beer is the result of careful planning, and has been one of SAB’s most successful new launches. The timing of its launch was coincidental, but beneficial.Described by the manufacturer as a beer with “a rich brew house flavour derived from the slow-roasted amber malt and special hopping regime”, Marzen Gold has an alcohol content of 5.2%. The malt imparts a darker colour, with reddish hues, and a distinctive flavour.“We think it fitting that the beer has received the recognition that it deserves,” commented Hansa Marzen Gold brand manager Dino D’Araujo in a statement.“The iTQi awards are associated with superior products and so they are fast becoming a powerful influencer in determining consumer choices. Winning a Superior Taste award is in itself a valuable marketing tool for our brand.”Greening the SpringboksA related story sees South African Breweries announcing their newest environmental project, Greening the Boks. The company is a major sponsor of the Springbok national rugby team, and plans to offset the carbon emissions of the team’s air and ground transport and accommodation throughout the British and Irish Lions tour, currently underway.Global carbon solutions provider Cleaner Climate has done an assessment of the rugby tour’s carbon footprint, taking numerous factors into account.According to SAB sponsorship manager Rob Fleming, the Springboks are the first national team to actively support a climate-friendly strategy. “We urge corporates involved in sports sponsorships to demonstrate their dedication to protecting the environment,” he said.SAB plans to buy carbon credits to offset the carbon emissions of the team and its entourage. Carbon credits are a commodity that is traded like any other on international markets. One credit is equivalent to one ton of carbon dioxide.Credits sold by carbon-efficient companies can be bought and used by heavily industrialised countries or companies to attain compliance with their emission reduction targets under the Kyoto Protocol.Good environmental examplesThe players will also strive to set good environmental examples by implementing green changes in their own lifestyles. In addition, they will use their status to inspire their supporters to adopt the same way of living.This is in line with a growing international trend in major sporting tournaments to be kind to the environment. Organisers of the 2011 Rugby World Cup, to be held in New Zealand, plan to make the entire event carbon neutral.South African Rugby recently conducted a carbon footprint assessment of its head office on Cape Town and has drawn up a climate change strategy for its operations around the country.Eliminating aliensSAB is already a leader in good corporate environmental practice. In October 2008 it was one of the first two companies to sign up for the World Wildlife Fund Water Neutral Scheme, a global scheme that encourages manufacturers to become water neutral i.e. to balance the water taken in and discarded, by reviewing and reducing usage, and replenishing water supplies.The company also treats the effluent water from its breweries, resulting in potable water that is sold to municipal councils for purposes such as watering gardens.The water neutral project currently focuses on two sites, the Newlands brewery in Cape Town and Ibhayi brewery in Port Elizabeth.For Newlands, SAB will clear a 172ha area on the slopes of Table Mountain, under the direction of South African National Parks. The area directly feeds the catchment which supplies the brewery with its water, but has been invaded by Australian alien long-leafed wattle (Acacia longifolia).For Ibhayi, the company has chosen to clear a 172ha area in the Eastern Cape’s Kouga Catchment. The invasive black wattle (Acacia mearnsii) is the target here. This area feeds the Kouga Dam, which in turn supplies the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and the Ibhayi plant.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesCorking carbon emissions Africa’s carbon-trading potential R1-billion rugby boost for SA Useful linksSouth African BreweriesInternational Taste and Quality InstituteSABMillerSouth African Rugby UnionSA RugbyWorld Wildlife Fund Water Neutral SchemeCleaner Climatelast_img read more

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Brand South Africa to discuss 20 years of achievements with South Africans based in Australia

first_imgJohannesburg, Thursday 13 March 2013 – Brand South Africa will host a series of engagements with South Africans based in Australia from 17 – 19 March aimed at discussing how far South Africa has come in 20 years and the country’s National Development Plan, commonly known as Vision 2030. The engagements will take place in Sydney and Melbourne.These engagements are in line with Brand South Africa’s proactive showcasing of South Africa’s achievement over the past 20 years and the work that is being done to address the country’s socio-economic challenges.  The implementation of the National Development Plan is critical to this endeavour.  It is also important for South Africans to know that they can be part of South Africa’s growth and development despite where they may now reside.  They are also invited to join 20 year commemorative events organised by the South African representatives in their countries of residence.The South African delegation, which will be led by Minister in the Presidency, Minister Collins Chabane, will interact with South Africans based in Australia, together with individuals or organisations that are interested in South Africa’s offering in areas of South Africa’s competitiveness. At both engagements, the Minister will do the keynote address focusing on “The Review of South Africa’s performance over the past 20 years.”The Chairperson of Brand South Africa Ms. Chichi Maponya and the CEO Miller Matola will also join Minister Chabane in Australia.The discussion can be followed on @Brand_SA using hashtag #SA_Aus2014. The programme in Australia:Global South Africans RoundtableIntercontinental, Melbourne 17 March and Intercontinental, Sydney 19 MarchSouth Africa’s 20 years of Achievements18:00RegistrationAll18:30OpeningMs Wendy Tlou, Director: Strategic Marketing and Communications, Brand South Africa18:35Welcome addressHE Ambassador Mqulwana, South African High Commissioner to Australia18:40Starters are servedAll18:55Introduction of Minster Collins  ChabaneMs Chichi Maponya, Chairman, Brand South Africa19:00Review of South Africa’s performance over the past 20 yearsMinister Collins  Chabane, Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation19:15Dinner is servedAll19:40Open discussionAll20:30ClosureMr Miller Matola, CEO, Brand South Africa20:40Dessert is served – networkingAll About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship. Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement.  Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.Join the conversation at:Follow Brand South Africa   @Brand_SAhttps://twitter.com/Brand_SATell us how you Play Your Part@PlayyourpartSAhttp://www.playyourpart.co.za/tellus-someoneFacebookhttps://www.facebook.com/BrandSouthAfrica For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Sandisiwe GugushePublic Relations International: Brand South AfricaTel: +27 11 712 5007 Mobile: +27 (0) 73 126 9128Email: sandisiweg@brandsouthafrica.comVisit www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

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