Diamond Mile a shot in the arm for racing – Parsard

first_imgVeteran trainer Harry Parsard says tomorrow’s inaugural running of the Supreme Ventures Diamond Mile at Caymanas Park with a record purse of $13.5 million is a shot in the arm for the horse racing industry. Parsard, who is enjoying a marvellous season, having won the St Leger with 35-1 outsider SUPERLUMINAL in July, along with a number of grade- one trophy races with UPPA TUNE and POTCHEEN, said the race could not have come at a better time, especially with all accompanying races on the card offering no less than $1 million in purse money. “This is unprecedented in the history of local racing, and the response from stakeholders to each of the races has been tremendous. The industry needs another race day such as this on the annual calendar, and whichever entity gets the track through divestment, if it becomes a reality in 2016, should seriously considered having two such racedays,” added Parsard, who will saddle three of the 16 starters in the Diamond Mile. The trio will be led by his crack imported horse, UPPA TUNE, outgoing champion sprinter POTCHEEN and PETE’SWILDONE. All three will be vying for the winner’s share of $6.5 million, a record allocation, as well as $2.1 million for second or $1.25 for third. In fact, purse money will be paid on the first 10 past the post. “My horses will definitely earn, but considering the distance, UPPA TUNE, with champion jockey Dane Nelson, would appear to have the best chance. But the others should still give good account of themselves,” he reasoned. “Uppa Tune missed the recent Coca Cola Invitational Mile as the conditions of weight allotment were not kind to him, but the good thing is that he will report nicely refreshed for this race and his strong pace and proven class could make a difference in this star-studded field,” added the trainer. Parsard, however, has one regret. This has to do with the fact that his vastly improved 3-y-o filly, LONG RUNNING TRAIN, did not have sufficient earnings at this stage to make the top 16. LONG RUNNING TRAIN was among the 10 reserves named in the 26 entries, but it was highly unlikely that she would make the cut with purse money going to the top 10. Parsard said while he is thankful to the sponsors Supreme Ventures Limited and the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission in joining hands for this historic race day, he is proposing a change for next year. “I think the format should be changed to an invitational race rather than one based on lifetime earnings as now obtains. This would ensure that horses such as LONG RUNNING TRAIN and another progressive three-year-old colt, POKER STAR, would get in ahead of some of the older horses with built-in earnings over the years due to age,” he concluded.last_img read more

Cruz makes immediate impact in TNT debut

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Top Rank deal pushes Ancajas to work harder View comments LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Cruz finished with a team-high 17 points that went with three rebounds, four assists and two steals in 30 minutes in a 101-75 rout of NLEX.“I was excited and I had to control myself. I got a text from James (Yap) ‘not to be too eager and just be yourself and play, just relax and enjoy the game.’ [I did that] in the game earlier and I got good results,” he said, referring to his former teammate at Rain or Shine, James Yap.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Also, I just wanted to repay the trust coach Nash (Racela) has in me. He told me to play point guard and I took it as a challenge. I’m just happy that we came out winning.”Cruz’s immediate impact certainly didn’t go unnoticed. “[He did a] major contribution. It’s no secret that, at this point, our team has no depth, and the addition of Jericho helps us in our rotation,” TNT coach Nash Racela said. “It gives us an extra guy whom we can give major minutes. And it also helped that he had a week of practice with us.”Even Jayson Castro had high praise for the four-year veteran.“He’s a big help for us. If you noticed earlier that even though I was on the bench, at least we had someone who can operate our offense,” said Castro, who had 10 points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal despite playing only 13 minutes.The 27-year-old Cruz hopes to have better games ahead especially if TNT makes the playoffs.“We’re still waiting for the outcome. But for me, I’m not gonna stop here. Keep doing my work and keep improving my conditioning so that if we get the eighth place and face San Miguel, which has twice-to-beat, I’m going to be in tip-top shape.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ PBA IMAGESIt was the kind of debut Jericho Cruz was hoping to have.In his first game for TNT, Cruz showed why the KaTropa traded for him as he gave his new team a much-needed boost offensively.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

FIFA to upgrade flights, raise prize money for Women’s World Cup

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Flight upgrades to business class will be paid except for team flights under four hours, said Shaw, FIFA’s head of women’s football governance. Teams already qualified to play in France include Australia, Brazil, Chile, Japan, South Korea and Thailand.“It is definitely progress and, for those teams that travel enormous distances, it is going to come as a huge relief,” former FIFA Council member Moya Dodd told The Associated Press at the conference.FIFA should increase the women’s prize fund by at least the same $40 million raise in men’s total prize money from 2018 to 2022, she said.“Leaders in sport should not be content to sit back and let the gender pay gap get wider in absolute terms on their watch,” said Dodd, a former Australia national team player.FIFA will also raise standards for the 2019 Women’s World Cup by ensuring opposing teams do not have to stay at the same hotel. Hotel sharing is prohibited in men’s World Cup rules.ADVERTISEMENT Shaw announced that change Thursday, and said FIFA also wanted to pay preparation costs for Women’s World Cup teams. Teams at the 2018 World Cup got $1.5 million from FIFA in addition to prize money of at least $8 million each.FIFA also wants to compensate women’s clubs for releasing players to national team duty for the World Cup. FIFA shared $209 million among men’s clubs whose players took part in World Cup games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal The total sum will be confirmed by the FIFA Council, which meets Oct. 25-26 in Rwanda, she said.FIFA has been urged to close the gap between women’s and men’s World Cups in a new four-year cycle of tournaments and commercial deals that begins next year. In the current cycle, World Cup champion France earned $38 million from FIFA, while the United States got $2 million for winning the 2015 Women’s World Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissFIFA has pledged to share $440 million in prize money among the 32 men’s teams playing at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.At the 2018 World Cup, FIFA offered “business-class return flights for 50 people” to all men’s team delegations going to Russia. The new FIFA pledge to women does not cover all teams going to France. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew FILE – In this, July 5, 2015 file photo, the United States Women’s National Team celebrates with the trophy after they beat Japan 5-2 in the FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer final in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. FIFA is making a concession to women’s football and will start funding business-class flights for some 2019 Women’s World Cup teams’ travel to France. FIFA official Emily Shaw also tells a women’s sports law conference total prize money will “significantly increase” from $15 million shared among 24 teams at the 2015 edition. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)LAUSANNE, Switzerland — In a concession to women’s football, FIFA will start funding business-class flights for some of the Women’s World Cup teams traveling to France for next year’s tournament.Total prize money will also “significantly increase” from the $15 million shared among 24 teams at the 2015 tournament, FIFA official Emily Shaw said Thursday at the Women In Sports Law conference.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tiger Woods returns to Tour Championship with share of lead Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

INQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: Ateneo-San Beda dominance

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ LATEST STORIES Neil Etheridge left out of Azkals’ AFC Asian Cup team Ravena was named back-to-back Finals MVP after nearly posting a triple-double in Game 1 with 21 points, 10 rebounds and nine rebounds with two steals and two blocks to boot and erupting for a career-high 38 points on 13-of-18 shooting from the field that went with six rebounds, six assists and three steals in the title-clincher.Ravena put on his cape but he couldn’t have taken Ateneo to the top alone with the likes of Matt Nieto and Angelo Kouame and the rest of the gutsy Blue Eagles making significant contributions as well.San Beda also had its heroes in Javee Mocon, Robert Bolick and Donald Tankoua.Mocon went on to win Finals MVP after casting his imposing presence on both ends of the floor. He averaged 15 points, 10.5 rebounds and three blocks in the title round.RELATED VIDEOADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sure, there were adversities along the way but they were merely bumps rather than stumbling blocks that hardly had any effect on the outcome as Ateneo and San Beda remained kings of their respective leagues.The Blue Eagles repeated as UAAP champions for the second straight year while the Red Lions completed another 3-peat and won their 11th NCAA title in 13 seasons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAteneo and San Beda’s title runs narrate stories of dominance and will to sustain greatness.University of the Philippine may have stolen the UAAP limelight with its Cinderella run to the championship round, but not the crown with Thirdy Ravena unleashing a finals performance for the ages. There was no stopping the inevitable.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

‘More Than Me’ Principal Probed for Statutory Rape Allegation

first_imgCredible Information reaching the Daily Observer says authorities of the Liberia National Police (LNP) are investigating a senior staff of More Than Me (MTM) Academy over allegations of statutory rape.Macintosh Johnson, who is MTM’s community liaison to West Point, was arrested on June 16 following numerous complaints regarding his sexual misconduct toward the students.“Johnson is being investigated by LNP,” a credible source said.MTM is an American- Liberian run non-governmental organization that is providing free education opportunities to less-privileged girls, mainly in the West Point Community. The school came into the limelight as an NGO project having won a handsome prize of US$1 million on the Chase Bank American Giving Awards NBC-TV broadcsat for the charitable organization, More Than Me Foundation, founded by America. The foundation’s aim is to build schools to empower young Liberian girls who are otherwise at risk of sexual exploitationSeveral government agencies,  including the Women and Children Protection Section of the Liberian National Police, GoL /UN GBV Joint Program, Ministries of Justice, and Gender, are currently gathering testimonies from the students.Informed sources say the school’s administration, the LNP, and parents of the victims, on Friday, June 20 held closed-door meeting, regarding the ongoing investigation.“The school has also consulted its legal counsel to ensure a smooth investigation, conduct internal probes into the event, and ensure that it is an isolated incident,” the sources said.It has also taken steps to form a coalition of partners,  including HOPE, the Women’s Protection and Empowerment team at the International Red Cross (IRC), to jointly address sexual abuses of children in the West Point community.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Suspects remain in custody as police continue probe

first_imgCuyuni River camp invasionDetectives attached to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Headquarters in Georgetown continue to question several suspects who have been arrested over the robbery/murder which resulted in the death of a Dominican Republic citizen at a mining camp in the Cuyuni region.Crime Chief Paul Williams told Guyana Times on Sunday that the suspects remain in custody and are still being interrogated as investigations are ongoing. The Police had obtained a 72-hour extension from the courts to hold some of the men who have been in custody since last Sunday.Fifty- five-year-old Pedro Pablo Rosario, a night supervisor at the mining camp located at Black Water Backdam, Cuyuni River, was shot and killed after three armed and masked bandits invaded the camp at sometime around 02:00h.It was reported that Rosario was relaxing in a hammock while four other workers were on duty some distance away when the bandits confronted the supervisor and fatally wounded him.The three suspects then went to the dredge area, where they held the other workers at gunpoint and relieved the sluice box of two gold mats containing 100 ounces of gold, before making good their escape.Ranks of the Major Crimes Unit in Georgetown had flown to the area to assist officers on the ground with investigations. This led to the arrest of seven suspects on Sunday last. They were brought out to the city the following day.The Police have arrested another three suspects, who were brought to Georgetown on Thursday.last_img read more

Exclusive – Signing West Ham outcast would be the ‘deal of the century’, claims former agent

first_imgBarry Silkman believes whoever signs Ravel Morrison would be making the deal of the century.The former Manchester United midfielder has fallen out of favour at Upton Park and is expected to leave during the January transfer window.And Silkman told talkSPORT the 21-year-old would be good enough to get into Arsenal’s team on ability, but admitted it will be the player’s last chance to prove what he can do after a string of off-field issues.Speaking to Kick-Off, Silkman said: “Wherever he goes is his last chance. Ravel could get into Arsenal’s team tomorrow. His ability is unbelievable, he is fantastic.“Whoever gets Ravel now will get the best deal that’s been done this century in football.”Morrison has been linked with a move to Serie A giants Lazio this week, while Premier League clubs Queens Park Rangers and Aston Villa have also been linked for the midfielder.“Personally, if I was a Premier League manager, I would now be desperate to take him until the end of the season,” added Silkman.“This is the biggest no brainer. There is no gamble.”last_img read more

Pavarotti’s voice will continue to live on

first_imgPavarotti’s gift will live on in recordings and our treasured memories. – Denver Post 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When Luciano Pavarotti died of pancreatic cancer (last) week in Modena, Italy, he left us the greatest possible gift: his voice. It was a voice with such power and range it could produce goose bumps in anyone listening to his operatic classics. Some music experts considered him the best tenor ever. One thing was for sure: His voice was the finest of instruments, light and beautiful, and the product of the most rigorous training and conditioning. And he knew how to use it. He could hit a perfect high C effortlessly as, over his career, he performed all the great operas in all the great opera houses to wide acclaim. Pavarotti brought opera to the masses. In recent years, he crossed over into pop culture and worked with artists like Bono and Bruce Springsteen. In 1990, he introduced opera to millions of soccer fans when, as one of the Three Tenors, he joined Placido Domingo and Jos Carreras at a World Cup soccer performance. Last year, he performed at the Winter Olympics in Turin and brought the crowd to its feet with his signature Turandot aria “Nessun Dorma.” last_img read more

RTE STAR GAY BYRNE TO LAUNCH DONEGAL TOURISM BROCHURE

first_imgFormer Late Late Show host Gay Byrne is to launch the Donegal Tourism Brochure for 2015.Gay Byrne will launch the Donegal Tourism Brochure for 2015.The well-known RTE radio and television host will unveil the brochure at Glenveagh Castle on March 12th next.Gay, who spends much of his free time at his holiday home in Dungloe, has been a regular visitor to Donegal for the past 40 years. The launch is being arranged by Donegal Tourism Ltd, Donegal County Council and Failte Ireland. RTE STAR GAY BYRNE TO LAUNCH DONEGAL TOURISM BROCHURE was last modified: February 26th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGay Byrnetourismlast_img read more

LETTERKENNY CONTINGENT WIN THE FIANNA FÁIL GOLF CLASSIC IN BUNDORAN

first_imgWell-known Letterkenny based businessmen and politicians emerged victorious at a recent Fianna Fail Golf Classic in Bunodran.The event was attended by party leader Michael Martin. Pictured in the photo are Terry Mc Eniff, Enda Nicholls, Pauirc Mc Shea, Cllr Ciaran Brogan and Brian Mc Eniff (Team Captain)Well done lads.LETTERKENNY CONTINGENT WIN THE FIANNA FÁIL GOLF CLASSIC IN BUNDORAN was last modified: July 22nd, 2014 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:bundoranFeaturesfianna failgolfGolf classicNoticesSportlast_img