Traditional Prince wins feature race in bang-up finish at Caymanas Park

first_imgTRADITIONAL PRINCE, running at odds of 10-1 with Aaron Chatrie aboard, overcame a slow start to win the 11th running of the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission Trophy open allowance race in a bang-up finish over 1200 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday. The betting made FORTUNE-ONEHUNDRED a 9-5 marginal favourite ahead of the speedy TALENTED TONY K at 2-1, but despite his consistency the Patrick Lynch-trained TRADITIONAL PRINCE was overlooked in the market. TRADITIONAL PRINCE hurt his chance by rearing at the start and was the back marker in the early stages as TALENTED TONY K with Wesley ‘Callaloo’ Henry aboard disputed the lead with the rank outsider, TOOTING KAT (99-1), in a field of 11. TALENTED TONY K soon surged ahead at the half mile, but FORTUNEINEHUNDRED was sent in serious chase by Robert Halledeen as both turned for home almost heads on. Although FORTUNEONEHUNDRED grabbed the lead a furlong out, the run-on horses by then were getting into top gear, with topweight TRADITIONAL PRINCE producing a storming rail run in the last 100 metres to catch FORTUNEONEHUNDRED, winning by a neck, with another neck to the fast-finishing SCOOP JORDYNE (13-1) in third and EDISON (8-1) finishing a mere length away fourth. A seven-year-old bay gelding by Traditional out of Princess Lal, TRADITIONAL PRINCE is owned and bred by Dr. Granville Ashton. Chatrie said he had ridden TRADITIONAL PRINCE in the past and knew what he was capable of. “I expected a fast pace with ‘TONY K’ in the line-up, so although losing lengths at the start, I knew the pace would to come back in the closing stages, and it did. I saved ground on the inside from the half mile, got a rocky run on the inside rails and was able to catch them in the nick of time,” said Chatrie, who had a second winner on the card in 5-1 chance ABOVE THE RADAR in the third race over 1820 metres for the Josseth Grey Memorial Cup. Chatrie, along with Wesley Henry, each rode two winners on the card, but all were upstaged by title-chasing jockey Halledeen, with three winners. These were the two-year-old debutante DREAMLINER at 3-5 for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta in the first race, PREMATUREE at 5-1 in the eighth and DWAYNE STAR for trainer Lynch in the eighth race over the straight to move to 46 wins so far this season. a storming rail runlast_img read more

Another brace for Gordon, as MBU win again

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:”We can run with the fastest of them, we can play hard with the toughest of them, and still outscore the best of them,” warns hot Montego Bay United (MBU) striker Owayne Gordon, following another two goal blast that extended MBU’s lead atop the Red Stripe Premier League to five points.MBU registered a 2-0 win on Thursday night over Tivoli Gardens in a rescheduled fixture at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.The double gives Gordon four goals in two consecutive matches and thirteen in all for the season, just one goal behind out-of-action teammate Dino Williams (14) at the top of the goalscoring chart. Williams, who was spotted at Thursday’s match has inked a deal to play in the US for the remainder of the season.Gordon opened the scoring for MBU in the 32nd minute from a direct long kick from goalkeeper Jacomeno Barrett.The ball took one bounce and Gordon used his speed to get by two defenders before employing a majestic chip over the advancing Davin Watkins in goal for Tivoli.His second was a superb effort from a free kick right on the edge of the penalty area in the 81st minute of play to seal victory for the title chasers, who now move five points clear of champions Arnett Gardens FC (49 pts) to be on 54 pts.The leaders were tasting victory for a fourth consecutive time in five matches and Gordon believes it will only get better from here.”The team is playing really well at the moment and with me scoring the goals, I think we are on our way to another title.”I am a confident player and right now I am feeling good. I hope my goals will take us to the Premiership title and that is all I want,” reasoned Gordon, who is emerging as MBU’s top goal getter in the absence of Williams.He enjoyed a good outing, but had to dig deep as the game became a physical affair. Both teams had their players flying into crunching tackles and both ended with 10 players after referee Danion Parchment issued red cards for dangerous tackles.MBU defender John Barrett was sent off with a straight red in the 45th minute, while Tivoli suffered the same fate in the 88th minute, when Romaine Breakenridge committed a second bookable offence.Tivoli remain just above the bottom two (Rivoli 22 pts and Waterhouse FC 21 pts). They have 29 points with the defeat that snapped their two-game mini-streak.last_img read more

80% of lands remain unoccupied – Minister

first_imgThe Communities Minister, Ronald Bulkan has announced that the ministry is changing the manner in which it allotted house lots after findings revealed that thousands of house lots allocated since 2000 remain unoccupied in several schemes across the country.Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan told a media conference on Thursday that the trend was worrying and alarming, as he explained that billions of dollars were expended to prepare the schemes for occupancy, but progress has been slow over the last decade.Communities Minister Ronald BulkanHe took the opportunity to remind the general public that is one of the main reasons why the Ministry through the Central Planning and Housing Authority (CH&PA) scaled back on the allocation of house lots and began the construction of housing units that will be readily available for occupancy.Minister Bulkan also revealed that between 2000 and 2015, from an approximate total of 66,000 house lots allocated, some 28,000 or 40 per cent remain unoccupied. “It makes no sense investing these huge sums of money for a rate of occupancy that is as low as 20 per cent,” the Minister said.The Minister reported that during 2011 and 2015, some 38 new schemes were developed boasting a total of 20,000 house lots but to date 80 per cent of those lots remain unoccupied. A total $12.8 billion was pumped into their development and $16 billion is now required to complete infrastructure works.Besides this, from a total of 4927 interviews conducted in 2017, the CH&PA only issued 1131 house lots with Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) accounting for the majority of 3122 interviews and 513 allocations.Bulkan questioned the sustainability of the model of housing development used under the previous Administration. He also reiterated that Government’s thrust to build housing units, provides more immediate form of occupancy, something they will continue to build on.Meanwhile, Chairman of the CH&PA, Elsworth Williams, made a commitment to meet with applicants in the system to ensure they are provided with housing in a timely manner. “We are going to continue this year to meet with those persons who have been in the system for all these years and have not been allocated their house lots. We have started last year and we want to continue.”It was also revealed that 1131 lots were allocated in 2017. In Region One (Barima-Waini), 52 lots were allocated; Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), 28 lots were allocated; Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), 27 lots were allocated; Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), 513 lots were allocated; Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), 20 lots were allocated; Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), 99 lots were allocated; Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), 132 lots were allocated ; and in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), 201 lots were allocated.Since last year, the CH&PA had promised to embark on a plan to repossess unoccupied house lots that have been issued to persons but have remained vacant. The CH&PA had finalised the list of defaulters and has commenced sending out letters to landowners, informing them of Government’s move.However, the CH&PA had noted that it will treat differently those defaulters who were allocated lots in areas that they could not access because of lack of adequate infrastructure. In fact, those persons allocated lots to areas that are without proper infrastructure are being advised that they can wait until infrastructure is put in, to begin to construct or they can visit the Ministry and be reallocated to an area where there is infrastructure.Late last year, the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GL&SC) announced plans to work towards identifying areas for new land development schemes in this year. Commissioner Trevor Benn said the GL&SC has been challenged to open new areas for houselot distribution as a result of limited resources.last_img read more

Youth rescued after being trapped at Peace View Point

first_img“The youth reported the call himself to 911 and we responded to the look out here,” Fire Chief Fred Burrows explains. “It did take us sometime to locate the youth [because] we did not know where he fell over and nobody had witnessed that.”Fortunately, the rescue squad managed to locate the victim after pinpointing the location of call though communication with the responding dispatcher.Fire Chief Burrows estimates the man trapped was approximately 300 feet down the embankment, a rescue that took an approximate hour and a half.- Advertisement -The victim is currently being treated by B.C. Ambulance with undetermined injuries.last_img


first_imgFrances Spears is one of Donegal’s best-known small business owners. Her business, Mourne Antiques in Letterkenny, is continuing to operate despite tough economic times. Here she takes a break from running her busy shop to tell us all she loves about Donegal.What is your favourite place in Donegal and why? Ards Forest Park. It’s incredibly beautiful and peaceful.If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?The weather this summer! Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why?My father, Arthur Spears. Although not a native of Donegal he has taken it to his heart and has a great interest in its history, people and archaeology. He always puts a positive spin on things.Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?Packie Bonner. An old hero of mine.What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years?The great beating of Down in the Ulster Championship.What was Donegal’s saddest moment? The recent closures of so many family-run and long-established businesses has been a terrible blow to the county.What is your favourite Donegal-made product?Donegal Pens, made by the young McGarvey brothers. They are nicely made, get the Donegal name out there, and are so easy to post as gifts.Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why? Daniel O’Donnell – he sends a glow of warmth wherever he goes.Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?Anyone running a small business and keeping it going at the moment.Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Shay Given, he is a great inspiration to the youth. And of course he’s from Lifford like myself!What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?La Fantasia, LetterkennyDonegal’s golden eagles or basking sharks?Golden EaglesYour nomination for Donegal’s most stylish person?Brid Dillon, of Dillons Supermarket.What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?‘Come here’, used before any sentence – e.g. Come here, I’m away home; Come here, I’ll see you later; etc.Will Donegal win the All Ireland this year?AbsolutelyWhat is your favourite Donegal food?It used to be Oatfield Chocolate Orange sweets (it always gave me a lift to find them in strange parts of the world), but Filligans Raspberry Jam is just delicious.Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?The driving!If you had a million euro to spend on improving something in Donegal, what would it be?It would be great to have Letterkenny invest in a major tourist attraction for the town, possibly something that could link the old and new town with easy accessibility to both. And I would definitely move the Tourist Office back into the town centre. (Think I need more money!)MY DONEGAL……WITH BUSINESSWOMAN FRANCES SPEARS was last modified: August 1st, 2012 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:Frances SpearsMourne AntiquesMY DONEGALlast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL TD Pearse Doherty has been cleared of breaching Dail expenses rules.Deputy Doherty had been accused of breaching the rules regarding the use of his personal allowances last year – after the Donegal South-West TD said he used about €8,000 of his allowances to hire staff at his office.But Leinster House have told him that he is not in breach of any rules, because the travel allowances paid for him would actually cover the full cost of his mileage between Dublin and Gaoth Dobhair where he lives. Sinn Féin TD Doherty has released the following statement regarding the use of his travel expenses.The Donegal South West TD said: “Since 2009 I have published my accounts on the Web. I have at all-times been up-front that I use a portion of my wages (over €19,000) and a portion of money that was paid to me for expenses to employ additional staff in my Donegal offices. I am a registered employer with the revenue commissioner and my employees enjoy all of their statutory entitlements. Last week an issue arose as to whether this was allowed. I have always stated that if I breeched any rules that I would rectify that.“Over the past week I have met with Oireachtas officials on a number of occasions to discuss my travel and accommodation allowance.“I have stated on my website that the cost of traveling to and from Dublin and throughout my constituency was €11,273.67 in 2011. This cost was calculated factoring in the cost of the Diesel and toll charges only. “The representatives have informed me that in order to calculate and certify the travel expenditure that I incur that I am entitled to take into account a number of travel cost factors besides fuel costs. These vehicle related expenditure include Diesel, Oil, Tyres, Maintenance, Insurance costs, Car tax, Driving licence, AA membership, and the cost of replacing the car i.e. depreciation.“They have informed me that these items are incorporated into the civil service mileage rate on which the Standard Travel Allowance is based. The appropriate rates are 95.05 cent for the first 4000 miles and 45.79 cent thereafter.“The mileage that I incurred in 2011 was in excess of 45,000 miles which if applied to the rate that underpins the TAA scheme would be in excess of the portion of the Standard TAA allowance which relates to travel that was paid to me for these purposes in 2011 and when added to the cost of accommodation that I incurred during that same period which was €13,005.64 would be in excess of the total allowance that I received under the TAA scheme.“I have provided all of this information to the Oireachtas officials and they have confirmed to me in writing today that I haven’t breached any regulations and have stated to me that ‘the regulations have been complied with’.“I again want to restate my position that the payment of expenses to TD and Senators should be fully vouched and call on the government to introduce such a scheme.” CLEARED! PEARSE DOHERTY DID NOT BREACH OIREACHTAS EXPENSES RULES was last modified: June 28th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more


first_imgFinn Harps slipped to fourth place in the table after going down to Longford Town last night.A 25th minute controversial penalty was all that separated the sides in a pretty dour affair.Harps have secured just one point from a possible nine in their last three league games. Manager Ollie Horgan will be concerned about the lack of chances his side is creating up front with the continued loss of Kevin McHugh through injury.The turning point in the game came in the 25th minute when Packie Mailey was harshly adjudged to have handled the ball inside the area.O’Sullivan converted and despite a number of attempts, Harps failed to get back on level terms.  HARPS LOSE VITAL POINTS AFTER CONTROVERSIAL PENALTY was last modified: April 20th, 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:finn harpsLongford Townpenaltylast_img read more


first_imgThe Ren Net Save Show will take place in the Silver Tassie Hotel in Letterkenny tomorrow from 11am to 5pm and admission is free.This show will offer free advise on how to stay warm, safe and healthy this Winter and will include an exhibition of products and services including insulation, rainwater harvesting, solar panels, stoves, tax and financial matters. Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland or SEAI will be there to give advice on grants and funding available. There will also be a pharmacist on hand giving free blood pressure checks and providing confidential advice.This event is being held as part of this year’s Social Inclusion Week and will include a Save Energy Save Money talk from 11.30am to 12.30pm with complementary refreshments served before and after. This talk will be hosted by John Breslin from Highland Radio who will question exhibitors at the show about their products and services. Visit for a full list of exhibitors.Joanne Holmes, Ren Net Co-ordinator with Donegal County Council said “if you are looking to save money and are worried about rising energy costs, water charges and want to find out best to keep your home warm this Winter then come along to the Ren Net Save Show to get your questions answered and learn more about what options you have”.She added “the Save Energy Save Money talk will be of particular interest to older people and I would encourage people to come along to the show at 11am for complimentary tea and scones and take an hour to listen to John Breslin from Highland Radio question exhibitors at the show about their products and services”. The Save Show is being organised as part of Donegal County Council’s Social Inclusion week 6th – 10th October 2014 by Ren Net – the only Renewable Energy Business Network in the Northwest and admission is free.The Renewable Energy Business Network (Ren Net) is a network of local businesses involved in renewable energy and energy efficiency in the Northwest.The Ren Net project is being delivered through Cross Border partnership, led by the North West Region Cross Border Group (NWRCBG). The partnership works together to develop the North West Region and is comprised of Donegal County Council , Derry City Council, Limavady Borough Council, Magherafelt District Council, and Strabane District Council. Donegal County Council is the Lead implementing Council for this particular project. The Ren Net project is part funded by the European Union European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the INTERREG IVA Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).The Save Show is open from 11am to 5pm in the Silver Tassie Hotel, Letterkenny on Thursday 9th October. Everyone welcome and admission is free. Save Energy Save Money talks will take place from 11.30am to 12.30pm with complementary refreshments served before and after. You’re sure to find something of interest at the show and learn new ways of saving money and keeping cosy this Winter.For more details contact Ren Net Project Officer Donegal County Council 074 9153900 email:  FIND OUT HOW TO SAVE MONEY AND KEEP WARM THIS WINTER AT THE REN NET SHOW! was last modified: October 8th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalRen Net Showlast_img read more

Job Vacancies: McElhinney’s have two ‘E’ positions to fill

first_imgMcElhinney’s Stores have two positions to fill at their Ballybofey store.The first is an E-Commerce Administrator.Job Description This role primarily involves updating our wonderful online product range across multiple product lines, writing persuasive product descriptions, typing and editing.If you thrive off working in a vibrant and very busy environment, and you would like to be part of creating the “McElhinney’s Magic” team then this could be the opportunity for you.Our ideal team member will have:You to be articulate, with excellent written English and the creative ability to write descriptions of productsThe ability to pay strict, rigorous attention to detailA proactive approach & ability to work on your own initiativeGood organisational skills & ability to work to deadlinesExcellent IT skills including Word and Typing; knowledge of Photoshop would be beneficialA good knowledge of and genuine interest in online retailingFlexibility to participate in other projects/duties that may be outside the standard remit of this role. Please click here to see the job application: second vacancy is a Marketing & Social Media ExecutiveThe job will be located in our Ballybofey store and the positions offers a competitive salary and benefits.Job DescriptionThis diverse job is key to the McElhinney’s Omni-channel retail experience. The successful candidate will be responsible for maintaining and growing McElhinneys digital marketing presence across all social media platforms, along with supporting and co-ordinating instore events and promotional activities. If you thrive off working in a vibrant and very busy environment, and you would like to be part of creating the “McElhinney’s Magic” team then this could be the opportunity for you. Online responsibilities include:Content creation, scheduling, and performance analysis for social platformsOwn and manage the social engagement calendarDevelop and manage customer engagement strategies,Manage and monitor all aspects of paid media including the creative development process & performanceCollaborate with the marketing team and business managers, buyers and other key stakeholders to create relevant content for offers, brands or events.Compile and shoot product imagery for social postings instoreSupport the constant development of McElhinneys digital brand and communications strategy, ensuring alignment with the overall company, brand and website strategy.Seek out external opportunities to grow our presence both online and offlineHelp maintain content on the Bridal Rooms website.Instore Responsibilities include:Create an Omni-channel marketing strategy which delivers support to the eCommerce team, managers and buyers with focus on departmental new brands, launches and seasonal events.Manage all aspects of project delivery from initial briefing through concept to event activation and results review.Develop events which can be launched online and offline, increasing both awareness and salesPartner closely with eCommerce team, managers and buyers to align weekly focuses both instore and online.We’d describe our ideal candidate as having: A higher level qualification in a relevant area2 years of experience in a similar role1 years’ experience in Event managementProven capability to manage multiple projects and meet tight deadlines.Strong commercial acumenExcellent content writing experienceComputer literate over a variety of software packages.You should also have:The ability to work in a fast-paced, team-focused deadline-driven environmentPhotography and/or graphic design skillsExceptional customer service and interpersonal skillsStrong organizational and time management skillsExcellent written and verbal communication skillsSolid understanding and interest in current trends and attuned to the fashion and retail industry.Please click here to see the job application: Vacancies: McElhinney’s have two ‘E’ positions to fill was last modified: October 21st, 2016 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)last_img read more

Platinum industry confronts challenges

first_img3 August 2012 Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu, the Mining Industry Growth and Development Task Team (MIGDETT) and the chief executives of the South Africa’s platinum mining companies met this week to thrash out responses challenges facing the industry. The meeting in Pretoria was a follow-up on the June meeting, where the task team identified interventions that could assist the sector in the short-term and position it along a sustainable growth trajectory in the medium to long-term. Initially, some of the challenges identified by the task team are: the supply and demand imbalance that has resulted in surplus platinum on the market, exacerbated by the increased availability of scrap and recycled metal; the low price of PGMs; the substitution of platinum by palladium; and the declining competitiveness of the sector. As a starting point, parties to the task team agreed that all measures to support the industry would be explored before retrenchments. They have also committed through this process to limit the number of jobs to be lost, in the short term, and to lay the basis for sustainable growth, competitiveness and labour absorption in the long-term. “The short to medium-term interventions being developed and interrogated include the commitment to working together to explore mechanisms of cost reduction, for the purpose of improving the viability of the industry and protecting jobs,” the ministry said in a statement after the meeting. There were also suggestions to support increased domestic downstream value addition to platinum group metals (PGMs) as a means of generating demand for platinum, while supporting the objectives of the national beneficiation strategy. Others included the commitment to exploring other applications and demand drivers of platinum and the commitment to not compromising safety and health standards in efforts to reduce costs. The long-term strategy involved the parties committing to a programme that will investigate strategies for sustainable growth in the industry by supporting growth and job creation through competitiveness interventions, skills development, increased levels of PGM beneficiation, and the diversification of PGM applications and demand drivers. The stakeholders also reiterated their support for further constructive engagement on challenges facing South Africa’s platinum industry. Source: read more