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Bigdaddykool wins at a canter

first_imgIT was easier than taking candy from a baby.BIGDADDYKOOL was handed a gift and duly accepted yesterday’s Nigel B Nunes Memorial, running past St Leger winner MARQUESAS a furlong and a half out, winning by six and a half lengths, completing separate two-timers for jockey Linton Steadman and trainer Anthony Nunes.Mercilessly set among open allowance runners, due to conditions which allow horses a drop in class, nine months after their last win in graded stakes, it was always a matter of how far BIGDADDYKOOL would have won, though he surprisingly came home at a king’s ransom, getting even-money in the nine-horse field.Normally having to push when racing against his peers in graded stakes, Steadman was instead a passenger down the backstretch as BIGDADDYKOOL loped along in fourth-fifth before easing into third three furlongs out, going in chase of long-time leader LIGHTNING LILY and MARQUESAS.MARQUESAS ran his usual brave race, briefly grabbing the lead from LIGHTNING LILY, before surrendering to BIGDADDYKOOL, who lengthened his long legs to win with Steadman standing tall in the saddle.A warm-up for the November 10 Superstakes at 10 furlongs, which he needs to win to gain an automatic spot in December’s Diamond Mile, BIGDADDYKOOL clocked 1:53.0 for nine furlongs and 25 yards, on a fast track, still an ominous message to Saturday’s Gold Cup winner, WILL IN CHARGE.BIGDADDYKOOL closed a double for Nunes and Steadman. Nunes, in whose late father’s honour the feature was run, had opened the programme with 3-1 shot SHE’S SYMBOLIC.Steadman booted home even-money chance TRANSFUSION in the fourth to outdo the hot, new apprentices, who accounted for four winners on the 11-race card.last_img read more

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‘We Need to Stand by Each Other’

first_imgBy William HarmonLiberians from all walks of life, especially women, must adopt the culture of being their sisters’ keeper in order to help strengthen the social bond of the country, a women rights activist, has said.Ms. Emma Smith, president of the Emma Smith Life Recovery Foundation (ESLRF) said when Liberians stick together they will be capable to achieve better results. “There is strength in unity. Until we can grab that culture of being our brothers’ keeper, we will continue to suffer a lot of pains individually.She spoke in reference to the saga involving the late 10 years old Barway Collins, whose lifeless body was found in the Mississippi River in Minneapolis after three weeks of massive search in the city by volunteers.On Monday, Barway’s father, Pierre Collins, confessed to intentionally murdering his son for US$70,000 insurance money. U.S. media quoted Pierre as saying that he punched his son and he became unconscious after which he duct-taped his body and threw him into the river. Pierre is expected to be sentenced to 40 years imprisonment.She said this case is truly a success story, noting that if Liberians both in the Diaspora and those at home have not come together to exert the level of pressure, she doubted that the success could have been achieved.“We want to be grateful to the U.S. Government and all Liberians, who stood up for this case. Indeed justice will truly prevail. The unity we exhibited during this process should stick with us. We all know that there is strength in unity and this is clearly manifested in this case,” she told the Daily Observer on Monday in a telephone interview.Emma said ESLRF, which headquarters is located in the ELWA Community, the same community where Louise Karluah resided before her departure to the U.S. to attend her son’s funeral, is also involve in helping the destitute.The ESLRF President, along with other women, lobbied to ensure that Barway’s mother-Louise Karluah was transported to the U.S. to attend her son’s funeral. Emma was at the forefront when all the formalities for Louise departure were being finalized. Louise, herself termed the plea as a relieved for her, but wants all those involve in the killing of her son to be brought to book.Reports indicate that she strongly believes that though it was Pierre who orchestrated the plan, he did not do it alone.“Justice has shown its rightful face, and I want to praise God for Louise,” Ms. Smith, a young activist said. She was in an exciting mood when she heard the news.Emma said Lil Barway’s soul will now rest in peace now that Pierre has been brought to book and is poised to bear the consequences of his actions.“Pierre is very wicked and heartless and the innocent soul of Barway has never been at peace till this cannibal faces the consequences of his action.She further said, “Lil Barway, you can now go and rest in peace. Let Jesus holds you in his blossom, you were a lovely child, but given to the wrong father.She said the many prayers, to bring whatsoever that led to your early death to light, have been unearthed. “Praise God that our prayers have been answered,” she said.Ms. Smith, a musician and social activist, along with other Liberian women, including Cllr. Yvette Chesson Wureh, were in the forefront in ensuring that Louise, a semi-literate woman, got to the U.S. and be part of the search for her son’s killer.She also expressed gratitude to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the U.S. Embassy, and Concerned Women in Liberia for their roles in the advocacy.“I want to be grateful to God for this news. This is indeed a victory for humanity, those of our friends in the U.S., who have been consistently part of this justice seeking initiative and the Liberian women on this side that rallied behind Louise to ensure that she got due recognition,” Smith told the Daily Observer.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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‘Fellaini cannot play football’

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, November 18- Former Croatia international Zvonimir Boban has questioned the decision to play Marouane Fellaini ahead of Radja Nainggolan in the Belgium team.Boban, who represented Dinamo Zagreb and Milan during his playing days, was on a the Sky Sports panel which discussed the EURO 2016 qualifier between Belgium and Wales on Sunday. And the 46-year-old didn’t spare any punches in his assessment of Fellaini, while suggesting that Roma midfielder Nainggolan would be a better option in Marc Wilmots’ starting line-up.As things stand, Nainggolan has made just eight appearances for the national team, while Fellaini has racked up 53.Boban said: “Fellaini cannot play football. He seriously cannot play football.“It’s unthinkable that Nainggolan doesn’t play instead of him.”The criticism of Fellaini has come at a strange time, with the towering midfielder enjoying something of revival in the United team of late under the management of Louis van Gaal.He has also made three appearances for Belgium this year, scoring two goals.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Wenger to table Sh2.282b Wanyama bid

first_img0Shares0000Victor Wanyama (background) vies for the ball with Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez in their meeting at St. Mary’s last season. The Southampton midfielder has been linked with January move to The Emirates. PHOTO/FileLONDON, December 22- Arsene Wenger wants to sign Southampton’s Victor Wanyama in the January transfer window and will test the Saints’ resolve with a £15million (Sh2,282,621,461.72) bid according to Metro.co.uk.The Kenyan midfielder has been a revelation since moving to the south coast from Scottish giants Celtic in a £12.5m (Sh1.902b) move in 2013. Injuries to Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla have left the Gunners light in central midfield and Wenger admitted today that he’s likely to be busy in the transfer window.Arsenal will place a £15m bid for Wanyama next month in an attempt to bring him to the Emirates.He will have the chance to audition again for Wenger’s side when the Saints welcome the Gunners on Boxing Day at St. Mary’s.Speaking on the latest slump for last season’s sensation, Wanyama noted Southampton need more time to gel as a team if they are to match last season’s Premier League success following another summer of change.Ronald Koeman’s men, who claimed a record seventh-place finish last term before losing stars such as Morgan Schneiderlin to Manchester United, slipped to a sixth match without a win in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Tottenham.Wanyama’s own future has also been the subject of speculation, but the 24-year-old Kenya midfielder continues to focus on arresting Southampton’s recent slump.“We still need to work together and to know each other more because we had a lot of changes in the team and we still need a bit of time to gel together,” Wanyama told www.saintsfc.co.uk.“It’s about being together. We just need to fight more and sharpen ourselves up because we have some tough games ahead.“I think it’s not going to go your way all the time, but we believe in ourselves and we believe we can still get there. We still have a chance and if we work hard then we can still get up there.”Harry Kane and Dele Alli struck for Spurs at St Mary’s, leaving Southampton 12th in the table ahead of hosting Arsenal on Boxing Day.-By Metro/Sky Sports0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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SportPesa to decide Friday if to reinstate Gor, AFC sponsorship

first_img“We’ve had two meetings with them and by tomorrow (Friday) we will have concluded and made a decision whether to continue or not. But it’s looking promising. We have made significant steps and I think they have done a lot. There is a whole document of what they have promised to do and we are convinced they have committed to stemming hooliganism out,” SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri said.“We will have a final meeting and then announce the way forward. Most likely there’ll be good news,” he added.A section of Leopards fans caused abandonment of their match against Ulinzi Stars April 23 in Mumias while a week before, Gor fans caused chaos during their match against Tusker FC in Nairobi where some fans attacked match officials.The cases have already been forwarded to the Kenya Premier League Independent Disciplinary and Complaints Committee (IDCC) and a decision on action to be taken will be reached on May 12.KPL CEO Jack Oguda speaking to Capital Sport said the two clubs had already been summoned in two separate sittings and made their submissions.“The committee felt there was some substantial information needed and hence required more witnesses. They will have their next sitting on Thursday next week and make a ruling as they will have gathered enough evidence,” Oguda said.Among the sanctions likely to be meted on the two clubs include playing in an empty stadium as well as hefty financial penalties if property is proved to have been damaged.It is not the first time the two clubs have found themselves on the wrong side of the law but previously, they have been let off the hook after appealing to the Football Kenya Federation (FKF).However, Oguda says this time decisions made will have huge implications especially with FKF and KPL committing to work together to punish perpetrators of crowd trouble in stadia.“Previously, we didn’t have such a good working relationship with the Federation and they were making decisions from a National Executive Committee level. This time things are different. There are rules to be followed together with a well laid out judicial process,” Oguda added.This comes as KPL and league sponsors SportPesa held a one-day workshop at a Nairobi hotel in a bid to discuss ways to fight the growing tide of hooliganism.The Principal Secretary in the Department of Correctional Services in the Ministry of Interior Micah Pkopus Powon officially opened the workshop outlining the government’s commitment to help fight the vice and promote a peaceful environment where sports can flourish.In the past, police have been accused of poor crowd control methods as well as failing to arrest and prosecute perpetrators of stadium violence.“Anyone caught in acts of hooliganism will definitely face the full course of the law without a doubt. Our police officers are also in constant training to equip them with better crowd control tactics. It is our commitment and that is why we are here today, to affirm that we are part of this,” Powon assured.“We have started with Nairobi and soon we will go to other cities. We want to make the sport as open to everyone as possible and these are some of the small steps we are taking to ensure we achieve that. The growth of our game greatly depends on how we deal with issues of hooliganism,” Oguda asserted.Last week, FKF announced new stringent measures aimed at curbing hooliganism, including year-long bans and hefty fines which will be rolled out with immediate effect.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A police officer keeps guard during the trouble ridden Gor Mahia v Tusker match/PHOTO-Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, May 5- After an 11 day wait, betting firm SportPesa might lift the suspension of their sponsorship to Kenyan Premier League giants champions Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards.SportPesa closed their financial taps on the two clubs on Monday last week, due to cases of hooliganism, but following a series of meetings a reinstatement of the partnership might be announced as soon as Friday.last_img read more

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Barcelona pencil in Man City Champions League clash for Lionel Messi’s return

first_img Lionel Messi Barcelona are adapting Lionel Messi’s rehab so that he is fit to face Manchester City next month.The Argentina international injured his groin on Wednesday night during his side’s 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid.Scans have since shown that the forward has torn an adductor muscle by just over 2 centimetres and he is scheduled to be out for at least three weeks.Indeed, according to Marca, Barcelona have now pinpointed their clash with Manchester City in the Champions League as Messi’s comeback date.The pair are due to face each other on October 19 at the Nou Camp and Luis Enrique is desperate to have his star man available.?As a result the Barca boss has reportedly instructed the club’s physios to tailor Messi’s rehab so that he is fully fit for the match with Manchester City. 1last_img read more

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Pierce tennis coach dies

first_img“It’s a loss for his family, a loss for the college, and a loss for the community to have somebody who dedicated so much of his life to helping others,” Garber said. lisa.sodders@dailynews.com, (818) 713-3663160Want 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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 He retired in 1993, came back to coach the team in 1999 for a year, and then was returned again in 2005. Pierce College Athletic Director Bob Lyons recalled Xanthos as tenacious and a stickler for details. “One of the first things he did (when he returned to coaching last year) was he scrubbed the drinking fountain, because it wasn’t as white as he thought it should be,” Lyons said. “He thought that a sign of a good program was that everything is spick-and-span and spotless. Everything had to be just so.” Xanthos was inducted into the U.S. Professional Tennis Hall of Fame in 1999, and into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Hall of Fame in 1994. He is a U.S. Professional Tennis Association honorary member master professional, and has written numerous books and articles about tennis. He was born in Greece, but immigrated to the United States with his family when he was 2. He grew up in Boyle Heights, and taught himself to play tennis by reading a book. WOODLAND HILLS Services were pending this morning for Paul Xanthos, Pierce College’s legendary tennis coach, who died Monday at his home. He was 85. Xanthos’ son, Paul Xanthos Jr., said his father took a nap Monday afternoon, and apparently died in his sleep. “Paul really was an institution at Pierce and created essentially a dynasty of successful tennis teams,” said Pierce College President Robert Garber. “More importantly, he really helped develop our students who played tennis with him into complete and successful individuals.” Xanthos, of Hidden Hills, was thought to be the oldest working collegiate tennis coach in America. He taught tennis at Pierce for nearly three decades, beginning in 1965, and achieving a record of 550 wins, 94 losses and 23 conference championships.last_img read more

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City asks MTA to take care of Angels Flight

first_imgAn effort to revive Angels Flight was launched Wednesday with the city asking the MTA to consider taking over replacement and repairs of the downtown cable car. The move comes five years after a cable came loose on one of the two cars and the brakes failed, causing an accident that killed one passenger and injured seven others. The 298-foot rail – once a popular tourist attraction that took riders on a steep one-block ride at Bunker Hill from Hill Street – has been closed since then. City Councilwoman Jan Perry said the city and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority have already spent $4.1 million to renovate the project. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’But John Welborn of the Angels Flight Foundation said he opposed turning the project over to the MTA. “No one asked us about this but we believe this should remain a private entity,” Welborn said. “We have spent an enormous amount to revive it and that should be recognized.” Councilman Tom LaBonge defended the proposal, saying the request to the MTA is seeking information on what funding options are available. LaBonge said that while the city appreciates the group’s efforts, he also wants to see something permanent on the site and see it opened to the public. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Astronaut welcomes Columbia

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The school held the dedication on the actual Columbus Day with Eastside Union School District officials and representatives of elected officials in attendance. “It is with great joy that we can finally say, `Welcome to Columbia,”‘ Principal Dorothea Thompson said from an outdoor stage bedecked with balloons and bunting in red, white and blue, the school’s colors. Board president Janette Crawford said the school could not have been built without support from the community. “Because the community dared to dream by passing a bond, our district was able to make a dream a reality. Now, we have a beautiful new school,” Crawford said. “When I look around, I see faces of bright, young students, but I also see future doctors, pilots, artists, engineers and teachers. I see our future,” Crawford said. Fullerton, an inductee into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame at Kennedy Space Center, showed a space shuttle model to the students, eliciting from them appreciative “oohs” and “aahs.” He told them that the shuttles were built about three miles away at Plant 42 in Palmdale. “I had a chance to fly that wonderful ship back in 1982. We went around (the world) 127 times, and it took us only eight days,” Fullerton said. “It was a really wonderful trip, the most thrilling time of my life. Columbia, I’m happy to report, performed perfectly.” Columbia went on to fly 28 more missions before breaking apart in a deadly 2003 accident over Texas. Fullerton also commanded space shuttle Challenger in 1985. Thompson got the loudest applause and cheers from the children when she ended the ceremony with the announcement: “Today, we get to use the grass! I knew you’d love it.” Columbia Elementary, located on the 2600 block of East Avenue J-4, is Eastside’s first new school in more than four years and is named after the shuttle. The campus is home to staffers and pupils from Tierra Bonita North Elementary School. Tierra Bonita North had been sharing a campus on 27th Street East at Lancaster Boulevard with Tierra Bonita South Elementary School. The two schools had started out in 1991 as one, created to accommodate youths living in the housing tracts that sprang up in east Lancaster in the late 1980s. The school split in two to keep the size manageable. Tierra Bonita South will stay on the old campus. Columbia’s construction was financed from a $15.5million bond measure Eastside voters passed in 1997, along with state funds. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – The $16.5 million campus of Columbia Elementary School was dedicated Thursday amid music, a plane flyover and keynote remarks by astronaut and space shuttle Columbia pilot Gordon Fullerton. Fullerton, 70, associate director of flight operations at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, recalled two famous ships called Columbia: the space shuttle that he piloted on its third mission in 1982 and the sailing ship Columbia, the first American ship to circumnavigate the globe in 1790 and the one that discovered the Columbia River two years later. “You should look at the name Columbia Elementary and be really proud of that name. It was the first name our country was known by. It was the name of two great ships,” Fullerton said. “They were special ships flown by special Americans in the same way you are special Americans as you attend this school. When you come to school, just remember you are the crew of Columbia Elementary.” The 12.7-acre school opened Aug.14 and has 796 students from kindergarten through fifth grade. The school was given American flags that were flown over the U.S. Capitol and the state capitol building. last_img
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France overpower Springbok women

first_img7 July 2014The Springbok Women’s rugby team ended their pre-World Cup tour on a downer on Friday when they fell to a heavy 8-46 defeat to Six Nations champions and World Cup hosts, France, in Marcoussis.“France showed today why they are the Six Nations champions and we will certainly take lessons from this match as we continue our preparations for the World Cup,” Springbok Women’s coach Lawrence Sephaka said after the game.“When the team started backing themselves in the second half they had a few great attacking moments and showed a willingness to put their bodies on the line on defence.‘Great for us’Assessing the value of the tour, which also included two hard-fought wins over the Nomads in England, Sephaka added: “This tour was great for us because the players now know what to expect at the World Cup and they are also familiar with Marcoussis where all our pool matches will be played.“This experience was invaluable and we hope the team will take the positives from the tour and become a stronger unit going forward.”Slow startSephaka’s charges had a slow start to the match as France used their powerful forwards to force their way onto the front foot, which resulted in the visitors defending for most of the half.The team, however, showed positive signs on attack when their backline received the ball at pace, and they made a handful of big tackles on defence.However, those efforts were not enough to counter the strong French forwards, especially close to the South African tryline, with number eight Sati N’Diaye and flank Koumiba Djossouvi scoring tries from set scrums.Skilful backsFrance’s skilful backs also made their presence felt in the first half, drawing in defenders well before exploiting the gaps they had created, which resulted in tries for fullback Jesse Tremouliere, centre Elodie Poublan and wing Marion Lievre.French flyhalf Christelle Leduff added a penalty to take their score for the half to 34 points. In return the Springbok Women scored a penalty by debutante fullback Cindy Cant.Second halfIn the second half, South Africa stepped up their game, showed more grunt on defence and adopted a more direct approach on attack. Unfortunately a yellow card shown to prop Portia Jonga for infringing at a breakdown close to the tryline reduced the visitors to 14 players for 10 minutes.This allowed the hosts to score yet another try by replacement hooker Gaelle Mignot to extend their lead.The visitors, however, showed their fighting spirit as debutante looseforward Shona- Leah Weston, lock Nolusindiso Booi and centres Veroeshka Grain and Lorinda Brown made a series of line breaks to boost their confidence and momentum, but the team was unable to convert those opportunities into points.South African tryThe pressure on attack eventually paid off with a well-worked try by flyhalf Zenay Jordaan in the final quarter, after she performed a well-executed switch with captain Lamla Momoti and held off a defender to place the ball over the tryline.France, however, had the last say as they worked their way into the Springbok Women’s half for another forward-dominated try two minutes from the end.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more