Dreams will come true in Diamond Mile

first_imgSixteen of the very best horses in the country will today contest the inaugural running of the Supreme Ventures Diamond Mile, which offers a record purse of $13.5 million.The mammoth 14-race pro-gramme at Caymanas Park, which commences 10:10 a.m., will see the remaining 13 races offering purses of $1 million and over. And if that wasn’t enough, purse money will be paid to the first 10 past the post in the Diamond Mile, with a whopping $6.5 million going to the owner of the winner, $2.1 million for second, and $1.25 million for third.The race, which was conceived by the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission, is being sponsored by Supreme Ventures Limited with support coming from Caymanas Track Limited and the Jamaica Racing Commission.With so much at stake and the big guns of racing chomping at the bit to get a piece of the action, it should be a day of huge excitement. All roads will definitely lead to Caymanas Park today.GALAXY OF STARSAmong the galaxy of stars down to run in the Diamond Mile are the 2013 derby and St Leger winner PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, oneof six horses conditioned by 14-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta; stable-companions SEEKING MY DREAM, who won the derby in June; and ALI BABA, winner of the 2000 Guineas in April; two-time Horse of the Year; TYPEWRITER; the recent Superstakes winner FRANFIELD; not to mention the crack imported horse UPPA TUNE; outgoing champion sprinter POTCHEEN; and, of course, COMMANDING CHIEF.At the weights, the race looks tailored for SEEKING MY DREAM, to be ridden by four-time champion Omar Walker for Member of Parliament Derrick Smith.SEEKING MY DREAM estab-lished himself as the season’s top three-year-old by virtue of having won the derby in June and his close second to ALI BABA and SUPERLUMINAL in both the 2000 Guineas and St Leger, respectively.He catches my fancy, with the conditions of weight allotment for the three-year-olds (53.0kg) decisively in his favour.Since losing the recent Coca Cola Invitational Mile on the line to the lightly weighted PHINEAS on November 14, SEEKING MY DREAM has impressed at exercise. He looked the part when cantering nine furlongs Sunday morning, galloping the last six in 1:13.2, beating his much accomplished stable-companion PERFECT NEIGHBOUR by a length in the process.To say that SEEKING MY DREAM has improved since losing to SUPERLUMINAL in the July 4 St Leger would be an understatement.Indeed, I am expecting him to win on the strength of his near miss in the Invitational Mile when having his first outing in over four months. Toting top weight of 57.0kg that day, SEEKING MY DREAM, with Robert Halledeen aboard that day, chased stable-companion FORTUNEONE-HUNDRED before going by entering the straight, only to be denied on the line by the fast-finishing PHINEAS.NO MISTAKENow better for the run, SEEKING MY DREAM should make no mistake with his derby-winning jockey, Walker, back in the saddle. The Harry Parsard-trained UPPA TUNE is versatile and consistent as they come and given his strong pace, should make a brave bid with champion Dane Nelson aboard. But the biggest danger to SEEKING MY DREAM is his own stable-companion, PERFECT NEIGH-BOUR, who ran on strongly to beat a good field of grade one horses in the Gold Cup over 1400 metres some weeks ago and will truly relish a mile.Other firm fancies on the card are MESSITHEGREAT in the opening race for maiden three-year-olds; FORCE DEJOUR, who has win seven of his last eight races, to rebound in the second; WILL IN CHARGE to go one better in the fifth for maiden two-year-olds; as well as SHINE in the seventh; BRAVE PROSPECT in the ninth; and SILVER CLOUD to complete the hat-trick in the 10th, the SVL Diamond Sprint Trophy over 1200 metres.last_img read more

7-time champ Serena Williams gets smooth draw at Wimbledon

first_imgSerena Williams of the U.S. celebrates as she defeats Germany’s Julia Georges during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Saturday, June 2, 2018 in Paris. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)LONDON — Serena Williams avoided any early matchups against opponents with success to speak of at Wimbledon in a draw on Friday that could put her against No. 5 seed Elina Svitolina in the third round.Williams is returning to the grass-court tournament for the first time since 2016 after missing it last year while pregnant. She gave birth to a daughter in September.ADVERTISEMENT Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town MOST READ Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees LATEST STORIES View comments She is ranked outside the top 150, but the All England Club decided to seed her 25th based on past success, which includes collecting seven of her 23 Grand Slam singles trophies at Wimbledon. Williams’ first-round opponent when play begins on Monday will be 107th-ranked Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands, who has one career tour title.Williams is competing for the first time since she pulled out of the French Open ahead of a fourth-round showdown against five-time major champion Maria Sharapova in early June, citing an injured chest muscle. That was Williams’ return to Grand Slam action after a 16-month absence.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownRus has only once been as far as Wimbledon’s third round, back in 2012. That was the last time she won a match at the All England Club. She was beaten in the first round of qualifying a year ago, as were both of the women Williams could meet in the second round, 136th-ranked qualifier Viktoriya Tomova of Bulgaria and 167th-ranked wild-card recipient Tereza Smitkova of the Czech Republic.Svitolina has only once been as far as the fourth round. San Beda returns to Filoil finals Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:31Taal volcano ejects smoke and ash, villagers flee02:14Carpio 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 Two-time champion Andy Murray will face 48th-ranked Benoit Paire in the first round. It’s a rematch of Murray’s fourth-round victory over the Frenchman at the All England Club in 2017.That was Murray’s last win before he sat out nearly a year because of an injured hip that was surgically repaired in January.He returned to action last week and so is ranked only 156th and unseeded at Wimbledon, which he won in 2013 and 2016.Murray could face 26th-seeded Denis Shapovalov of Canada in the second round.The top-seeded Federer’s opening opponent on Monday will be 57th-ranked Dusan Lajovic of Serbia. Their only previous meeting anywhere came in Wimbledon’s second round last year, when Federer won in straight sets en route to the title.No. 2 seed Nadal, whose 17 Grand Slam titles trail only Federer’s 20 among men, faces 129th-ranked Dudi Sela of Israel on Tuesday. Nadal has won both of their previous matchups.Men’s first-rounders to keep an eye on include Dimitrov against three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka, who is still working his way back into form after knee surgery; 12-time major champ Novak Djokovic against Australian Open quarterfinalist Tennys Sandgren of the U.S.; and No. 23 Richard Gasquet against Gael Monfils in a matchup of Frenchmen.Two women who lost a Wimbledon final against Serena Williams will meet in the first round when former No. 1 and two-time major champion Angelique Kerber plays qualifier Vera Zvonareva. Kerber was the runner-up in 2016, Zvonereva in 2010.Sharapova, the 2004 Wimbledon champion who is seeded 24th, could face 2017 French Open champion and 12th-seeded Jelena Ostapenko in the third round, and Kvitova in the fourth. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Williams’ possible fourth-round opponent, 2017 U.S. Open runner-up Madison Keys, made one quarterfinal appearance, while the 36-year-old American’s potential quarterfinal foe, reigning Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki, has never been beyond the fourth round.Williams could face her older sister, five-time champion and 2017 runner-up Venus, in the semifinals. The ninth-seeded Venus Williams opens against 62nd-ranked Johanna Larsson of Sweden, who is 0-7 at Wimbledon.The Williams sisters are not in the doubles draw. They have won 14 Grand Slam titles as a pair, including six at Wimbledon.In the top half of the women’s singles bracket, the quarterfinals could be French Open champion Simona Halep vs. two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova, and defending champ Garbine Muguruza vs. No. 6 Caroline Garcia. In the bottom half, No. 2 Wozniacki was drawn to face Svitolina, while 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens could play No. 7 Karolina Pliskova.The potential men’s quarterfinals in the top half are eight-time champion Roger Federer vs. 2017 U.S. Open runner-up Kevin Anderson, and 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic vs. No. 6 seed Grigor Dimitrov. In the bottom half of the bracket, it could be two-time Wimbledon winner Rafael Nadal vs. 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, and No. 4 Alexander Zverev vs. No. 7 Dominic Thiem.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Ebola Spreads Fear, Stigma, Marks Campaign Apathy Nationwide

first_imgNot surprisingly, the Ebola Virus’ massive stigmatization and its instilment of fear among Liberians have caused a very poor start of political campaign activities nationwide.Mixed reactions from the greater Liberian society have also revealed that the pending democratic process may not be transparent and credible.But the staff of the National Elections Commission (NEC) has given assurances that the democratic process will indeed be credible and transparent nationwide.The Daily Observer has gathered reports from some of the political subdivisions of the country indicating strong evidence of voter apathy amongst Liberians.Many prominent and ordinary Liberians in recent times have had fierce exchanges of political views and comments on several key issues with massive disagreements among citizens.Ironically, international medical agencies and donor partners have not issued any formal or official statement declaring that Liberia is Ebola free despite a significant decline in the spread of the disease in the country.In separate encounters with a broad spectrum of Liberians, comments of disagreement and agreement have been neck and neck, with no outright winner at the helm of the political debate.Political commentator Joe Mason Browne, 45, of Coca-Cola Factory in Paynesville said the electoral process will not produce the desired results owing to Ebola virus stigma and fear.Economic commentator William K. Baysahwala, 63, noted that the ongoing electoral process in Liberia will produce some tangible political results in order to avoid a constitutional crisis for the Liberian Government.Mrs. Mary B. Sackie, 48, said the current political dispensation in Liberia is a litmus test to the embryonic democracy instituted some 14 years years ago.“I think I can say yes to holding the elections now, to avoid a constitutional crisis. But I also know there is a problem because the Ebola virus is still spreading and killing our people in our country,” Mrs. Sackie asserted.Mr. Morris Y. Fahnbuttu, 55, a former Secondary School history and geography instructor, said the timing of the current electoral process is unrealistic and counterproductive and will not produce any genuine political results.Mrs. Elizabeth Freeman Harris, 50, social and political commentator of Central Monrovia said an effective electoral process cannot be held in a volatile environment and in a deadly stressed country such as Liberia.“My dear brother, the current Ebola virus spread in our country has overwhelmed us and the entire nation,” Mrs. Harris asserted.Political scientist John B. Williams, Sr. said political interaction should be carried out in an enabling environment free of stigma, fear and suspicion at every level in any society such as Liberia’s, following 14 years of democracy.“Our current timing of the election process in our country is, from all indications, indeed counterproductive and unrealistic” Mr. Williams asserted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

2 lucky Wowetta students benefit from bicycles

first_imgTwo lucky students living in Wowetta Village, North Rupununi, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) will soon benefit from the donation of bicycles undertaken by the Muslim Core Group.According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), Rhiley Andries and Sean Moses are currently attending Wowetta Primary School and are also members of student government council. They were selected to be the recipients of one bicycle each to ease the burden of getting to school daily.The handing over ceremony for the bicycles was held at the Social Protection Ministry’s on Thursday.It is intended that the bicycles will be used by the boys as a means of getting to school as opposed to walking four hours daily, to pursue an education.Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton said this simple, yet life-changing act is one that highlights appreciation by the Muslim community of the challenges faced by hinterland students and the Ministry’s commitment to providing equal opportunities to all.“Not only are we bridging the gap physically in the sense for these two boys to go school, but I think mentally and spiritually as pointed out by our mission statement, especially those living in a different geological location, culture, ethnic and economic background,” he said.The Minister noted that the core group’s donation is a demonstration of tolerance forFrom left: Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton receiving the bicycles from Chairman of the Muslim Core Group, Roshan Khan along with staffhumanity and what they plan to do in the future for those in need. It also helps to strengthen their partnership moving forward.Chairman of the Muslim Core Group, Roshan Khan said this donation will, “make their lives simple and better in order to educate themselves to assist their families and their society as well as it is the hope of the group to continue in such a manner, helping others as it grows.”last_img read more

Roddick prevails, advances to semifinals

first_imgAndy Roddick regained his composure after a shaky second set and beat Vince Spadea 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-1 Friday night to advance to the semifinals of the SAP Open in San Jose. Despite inconsistent play, the top-seeded Roddick was up a break early in the second set and appeared on his way to an easy victory. But a flurry of errors led to frustration for Roddick and allowed Spadea to play his way back into the match. After one backhand into the net, Roddick yelled, “That’s 30 unforced errors and it’s the first game of the second set.” Roddick, a two-time champion in San Jose, will play the winner of the match between defending champion Andy Murray and Lee Hyung-taik in the semifinals. Murray beat Roddick in the semis here a year ago, on the way to his only career ATP Tour title. “I was hoping it would not be the last time,” said Clijsters, who plans to retire at the end of the season. “I’m so happy I can continue tomorrow.” Brazil Open Argentina’s Juan Monaco advanced to the quarterfinals of the Brazil Open with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Brazil’s Thiago Alves in a rain-delayed match. After bad weather postponed their match Thursday, Monaco ousted Alves and will face Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Chela in the quarterfinals. Open 13 Sweden’s Robin Soderling defeated sixth-seeded Richard Gasquet 6-1, 7-6 (4) in France, advancing to a semifinal against the last remaining Frenchman in the tournament. Bangalore Open Defending champion Mara Santangelo of Italy defeated Yurika Sema 6-1, 6-4 to claim a spot in India. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The other semifinal pits big-serving Ivo Karlovic against sixth-seeded Benjamin Becker. The unseeded Karlovic knocked off his second seeded American in as many days, recording 17 aces to beat fifth-seeded Mardy Fish 7-6 (2), 6-4. Karlovic, ranked 103rd in the world, had 29 aces in his three-set win Thursday over second-seeded James Blake. Diamond Games Defending champion Amelie Mauresmo and Kim Clijsters advanced to the semifinals in Belgium. Mauresmo closed in on the $1.3 million, diamond-studded racket trophy with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Dinara Safina, and Clijsters routed Ana Ivanovic 6-2, 6-1 in her final home tournament. last_img read more

WORLD CLASS! MARK ENGLISH STORMS TO 800M WIN IN STOCKHOLM

first_imgMARK English has produced another world class performance – on the international stage.Despite facing a superb field in the 800M B race in the Stockholm International Grand Prix this evening, the Donegal athlete came in first.And it was another superb time – 1.47:69…just ahead of a Moroccan athlete. It was also faster than the new Irish record he set just a week ago.“It was an incredible run,” said Irish athletics manager Patsy McGonagle. WORLD CLASS! MARK ENGLISH STORMS TO 800M WIN IN STOCKHOLM was last modified: February 6th, 2014 by John2Share 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:800m recordathleticsdonegalmark englishlast_img read more

Prospect Smith to fight for first pro title

first_imgHarrow boxer Mitchell Smith is poised to fight for his first professional title.Smith, an ABA champion in 2011, is set to face Scott Moises for the southern area super-featherweight belt on 21 September.The bout will be at the newly named Copper Box Arena, which staged handball and modern pentathlon during last year’s Olympics.Moises, 25, from Norfolk, has a record of 7-7-1 and has been nominated to face Smith for the vacant title after champion Michael Devine opted to move up to lightweight.Smith (6-0) will be in action for the first time since a blistering first-round stoppage of Gavin Reid at Wembley Arena in April.He was due to fight at Wembley this weekend but had to withdraw for medical reasons.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Future 49ers in the national championship? Here are five

first_imgIf you’re a 49ers fan still desperate for football in the Bay after season’s end, college football’s national championship comes to Levi’s Stadium on Monday. If advance scouting is your thing, too, there may even be future 49ers on the field.Here are five players on Alabama and Clemson to keep an eye on as college football season ends and draft season begins.Clelin Ferrell, Clemson DE, No. 99The redshirt junior will either be the second or third edge rusher taken in the draft. He’s atop the …last_img

4 x 4 x Kruger Park

first_img3 November 2003The Kruger National Park has introduced four additional adventure trails for offroad vehicle enthusiasts who wish to explore some of the famous game reserve’s more inaccessible areas.The four trails, which take between four and five hours to complete, take guests as close as possible to the different wilderness areas in the park, but are not intended to be-off road “tests” for 4×4 vehicles; rather, these vehicles are used exclusively due to river crossings and dongas on the routes.The park’s five-day Lebombo Adventure Trail along the Mozambican border has proved to be extremely popular since its establishment two years ago.The new routes are the Northern Plains Adventure Trail (north of Shingwedzi), the Nonokani Adventure Trail (between Phalaborwa and Letaba), the Mananga Adventure Trail (east of Satara), and the Madlabantu Adventure Trail (near Pretoriuskop).“In all cases, the routes were carefully chosen from the existing range of firebreak and other management roads, and comply with the Kruger National Park recreation opportunity zoning (ROZ) plan,” said park spokesman Raymond Travers.The ROZ plan is a systematic mapping of people’s activities in the park, designed to keep wilderness areas intact but to identify and develop opportunities for tourism in footprints already exploited by park operations.“The development of the routes required a comprehensive environmental operational and management study, to ensure that the activity was managed within the framework of environmental best practice guidelines,” Travers said.Only six vehicles will be allowed on each trail daily in order to minimise environmental damage, Travers said, adding that guests would be urged to use ablution facilities at nearby camps before the start of the trail.Management at the park has also introduced mountain bike trails operating from the Olifants Tourist Camp, in the central region.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

“Geocaching for the Blind” A Geocaching.com Lost & Found Video

first_imgMike May develops GPS devices for blind and visually impaired users. To help users learn the devices’ cutting-edge technology and explore the world around them, he champions a form of geocaching. Watch this video and go along as Mike May and friends develop a treasure hunting course using adaptive GPS technology.For information on GPS devices for the blind and visually impaired explore http://accessibleGPS.comYou can explore more videos that capture the adventure of geocaching.  Check out  the Geocaching.com Lost & Found video gallery.  Explore 4×4 geocaching, watch a Travel Bug® go around the world and visit the highest and lowest geocaches in existence.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint Related”Creative Geocaches” A Geocaching.com Lost & Found VideoDecember 14, 2010In “Lost & Found Stories””Desert Geocaching” A Geocaching.com Lost & Found VideoNovember 16, 2010In “Community””Newbie Geocaching 101” A Geocaching.com Lost & Found VideoDecember 7, 2010In “Lost & Found Stories”last_img read more